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CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Reemphasizes Home- and Community-Based Services Focus

Home Health Care News | By Joyce Famakinwa
 
On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took the time to map out the federal agency’s strategic plans and key initiatives moving forward.
 
During the national stakeholder call, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, CMS Chief Operating Officer Jon Blum and Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Dan Tsai, among others, discussed Medicare program compliance, payment innovation and protecting the Medicare program for years to come.
 
“We really have tried, over the Biden-Harris Administration, to be really clear in saying what our objectives are,” Brooks-LaSure said. “It’s been a little over a year since we unveiled the six pillars, which really were meant to help guide our work.”

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Report Paints Rosy Picture for Home Healthcare

McKnight’s Home Care | By Diane Eastbrook

Despite inflationary and staffing headwinds, the healthcare industry — and home care in particular — is poised for significant growth, according to a report released Tuesday by business consulting firm McKinsey & Company. 
 
The report said care-delivery services outside of the hospital are the fastest-growing businesses for providers, given the shift away from non-acute care settings. Shubham Singhal, a McKinsey senior partner and co-author of the report, told McKnight’s Home Care Daily Pulse that innovators will bring multiple services into the home including, infusion, dialysis, primary care and hospital-at-home.
 
“Over the next few years, we estimate that Medicare beneficiaries could see three to four times more care in their homes if we continue to bring known capabilities to scale,” Singhal said. “Based on our projections, these efforts could translate into a shift of up to $265 billion of incremental Medicare spending from traditional facilities into the home.”  

In-home healthcare for everything from hospital-at-home to dialysis to primary care has been gradually gaining ground since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, more than 200 hospitals and healthcare systems are offering hospital-level care to patients in their homes and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ End Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Model aims to move more dialysis into homes and save Medicare $23 million over five years. 
 
Singhal said growth in technology, especially broadband access, will determine how quickly in-home healthcare will grow. He pointed out that an estimated 20 million Americans in mostly rural areas still lack reliable broadband access and in-home these services must also find ways to “knit together” the use of virtual care and in-person care. 
 
The report also found that the COVID-19 pandemic led to a rise in deteriorating mental health and an increase in chronic diseases as patients skipped care. It estimated the cost of care grew by $10 billion last year and will increase another $7 billion by 2025.
 
Singhal said there is no single solution to mitigating the increase in chronic conditions, but said focusing on behavioral health, disease prevention and social determinants of health should be part of the focus.
 
“Our analyses have shown that we can reduce the burden of chronic disease in the U.S. through known interventions, but it would require a dedicated and focused effort over time,” he said.

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President's Message

Posted: July 12, 2022

As the Academy’s Chief Delegate, I can tell you that House of Delegates is rapidly approaching. Our virtual session is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, and the live sessions are on August 14 and 15, in Washington, DC. All sessions will be live-streamed for APTA members.

More importantly, Beth Black (our other delegate), and myself will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall and listening session this Wednesday, July 13, at 8:30 PM EDT via Zoom. If you have an opinion that you want heard, or just want to find out what is going on in the House, this is must-see viewing. This is your opportunity to ensure that your delegates represent your Academy and your interests in the APTA House of Delegates. You can find the detailed list of motions before the House here.

Moving forward, we are in the early stages of revising our Bylaws to allow for election of our delegates. If you have interest in serving on the Bylaws committee, or any other committee, please reach out to me or the Academy office.

Sincerely, 

 


 Phil Goldsmith
 President
 APTA Home Health

 

Join Us for Tomorrow's Virtual Town Hall

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | 8:30pm - 9:30pm ET

This virtual town hall is open to APTA Home Health members only

Please join us to discuss upcoming House of Delegates elections and motions! This is also an open-forum for member comments, concerns and feedback! 

Members, if you are able to attend, please register here for FREE: https://aptahhs.memberclicks.net/july22_townhall

 

CALL TO ACTION: 2023 Proposed Home Health Rule

APTA Home Health is opposed to several key provisions of the 2023 Proposed Home Health Rule, and is concerned that if it were to pass in its current form, many home health agencies across the country would not be able to withstand the impact of the proposed rate cuts.

According to a recent analysis performed of available data, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice estimated that the rule would result in 37% of free-standing home health agencies and 50% of all non hospital-based agencies operating at a <0% net margin. 

The best time to begin our grassroots efforts against the destructive proposed changes will be when Congress is at recess in August. In the meantime, please use this link to go to the Federal Register and submit a formal comment about the rule. Let CMS and Congress know what it would do to your agency and those you care for. Comments must be submitted by 08/16/2022 to be considered. 

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