Posts Tagged ‘Independence at Home Demonstration’

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Hearing on Medicare Benefit Redesign

June 28, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health recently held a hearing that looked at ways to redesign the Medicare benefit. The hearing’s witnesses were: Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.Professor, Health Economics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; Thomas P. Miller, J.D., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and; Patricia Neuman, ScD., M.S., Senior Vice President, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice submitted testimony for the hearing, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to preserving the Medicare benefit without placing more financial responsibility on the backs of the program’s beneficiaries – particularly through the misguided idea to reintroduce the Medicare home health copayment. (more…)

9 Health Care Reform Changes for 2012

July 3, 2012

The Remington Report reports that 2012 kicks-off rapid changes to health care reform. Join HCAF for the 2012 Annual Conference & Trade Show later this month in Orlando for sessions geared toward health care reform and its impact on the home care industry, including care transitions, accountable care organizations, dual eligibles and more!

The nine major changes for 2012 are: (more…)

Two Florida Physician Practices Selected to Participate in Home-Based Care Demonstration

April 30, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that the first 16 organizations that will participate in the new Independence at Home Demonstration have been announced, two of which are located in Florida. These organizations will test whether delivering primary care services in the home can improve the quality of care and reduce costs for patients living with chronic illnesses, and were selected from a competitive pool of more than 130 applications representing hundreds of health care providers interested in delivering this new model of care. The demonstration is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2012, and conclude May 31, 2015. (more…)

HHS Announces New Affordable Care Act Options for Community-Based Care

April 30, 2012

New opportunities in Medicaid and Medicare that will allow people to more easily receive care and services in their communities rather than being admitted to a hospital or nursing home were announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

HHS finalized the Community First Choice rule, which is a new state plan option under Medicaid, and announced the participants in the Independence At Home Demonstration program. The demonstration encourages primary care practices to provide home-based care to chronically ill Medicare patients.

Both are made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Studies have shown that home- and community-based care can lead to better health outcomes. (more…)

The Remington Report: 9 Health Care Reform Changes for 2012

January 4, 2012

2012 kicks-off rapid changes to health care reform:

1. Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare – Allows providers organized as accountable care organizations (ACOs) that voluntarily meet quality thresholds to share in the cost savings they achieve for the Medicare program.

2. Reduced Medicare Payments for Hospital Readmissions – Reduces Medicare payments that would otherwise be made to hospitals to account for excess (preventable) hospital readmissions. (more…)

Remington Report on Independence at Home Demonstration Program

December 28, 2011

CMS will accept through Feb. 6 applications from primary care practices to participate in the Independence at Home Demonstration Program. Authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and slated to begin Jan. 1, the three-year program will test a service delivery model that uses multi-disciplinary primary care teams directed by physicians or nurse practitioners to provide services to high-cost, chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries in their homes. (more…)

New Affordable Care Act Demonstration to Provide Care at Home for Medicare Patients

December 20, 2011

Health care reform law demonstration to improve care,
lower costs for seniors and people with disabilities

Up to 10,000 Medicare patients with chronic conditions will now be able to get most of the care they need at home under a new demonstration announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“This program gives new life to the old practice of house calls, but with 21st century technology and a team approach,” said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. (more…)