Long-term care costs continue to rise

By Associated Press  |  May 10, 2016

Long-term care grew more expensive again this year, with the cost of the priciest option, a private nursing home room, edging closer to $100,000 annually. Americans are paying more for other care options like home health aides and assisted living communities, while adult day care costs fell...

New York governor's minimum-wage hike could sink home-health agencies

By Caroline Lewis, Crain's New York Business  |  March 09, 2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to raise New York's minimum wage could push some home healthcare agencies into bankruptcy, the providers say. The increase, they argue, would undermine efforts to reduce medical costs for the elderly and disabled by keeping them in their own apartments and out of...

Final unified post-acute care pay system is coming

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 03, 2016

MedPAC is wrapping up work on a report that outlines a unified payment system for post-acute care settings. The panel will vote on a formal report next month. It also plans to suggest the CMS accelerate its timeline of when the new pay scheme will see the light of day.

CMS launches new Medicare provider database

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 22, 2016

The CMS has unveiled new data sets searchable by the public to better track provider availability and utilization of certain services by Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.

New labor rule hurting, not helping some home health workers

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 28, 2016

A Labor Department rule meant to help home health workers who fall under federal labor law exemptions is perhaps having the biggest impact on companies that provide live-in care. Some are eliminating 24/7 services, while others are cutting hours and rescheduling employees to avoid paying overtime.

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