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Resources by Topic: Home health

Medicare Payment Basics: Durable Medical Equipment Payment System
Details an overview of Medicare payments for medical equipment used to treat beneficiaries at home.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Medicare Payment Basics: Home Health Care Services Payment System
Provides an overview of Medicare payments for home health care services. Includes information on rate setting and payments based on quality reporting and performance.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the CY 2019 Home Health PPS Update and 2020 Case Mix Refinements
Comment on a July 12, 2018 Federal Register proposed rule revising payments for home health services. Includes a section addressing a proposed rural add-on payment policy.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Different Populations Served by the Medicare Home Health Benefit: Comparison of Post-Acute Versus Community-Entry Home Health in Rural Areas
Analyzes differences between community-entry and post-acute home health services among rural Medicare beneficiaries. Compares statistics on beneficiary characteristics and communities, such as rurality, region, economic indicators, and county-level health resources.
Author(s): Tracy M. Mroz, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Lisa A. Garberson, et al.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Using Telehealth to Improve Home-Based Care for Older Adults and Family Caregivers
Describes consumer perspectives and policy concerns with telehealth. Includes examples of home telehealth strategies, potential benefits and challenges, and discussion of home telehealth coverage in federal and state programs, including the Veterans Health Administration, Medicaid, and Medicare.
Author(s): Winifred V. Quinn, Ellen O'Brien, Gregg Springan
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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Rural Post-Acute Care: Healthcare Leaders Offer Practical Solutions to Workforce Challenges
Describes methods for preparing and supporting healthcare workers who provide post-acute care in rural areas. Highlights programs that empower and train staff, maximize community partnerships, involve community health workers, and use telemonitoring.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Post-Acute Care: Improving Transitions to Enhance Patient Recovery
Highlights approaches that are improving patient transitions from acute care to post-acute care (PAC) in rural settings. Features a tertiary facility’s communication with skilled nursing facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky, a Nebraska Critical Access Hospital’s swing bed program, and a home health agency serving rural Maine.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Improving Chronic Disease Self-Management by Older Home Health Patients through Community Health Coaching
Describes a pilot study using community volunteers trained as health coaches to assist rural older adults with chronic diseases discharged from home health services in effectively managing their chronic condition, with the intent to reduce their hospital readmission and emergency department use.
Author(s): Cheryl Dye, Deborah Willoughby, Begum Aybar-Damali, Carmelita Grady, Rebecca Oran, Alana Knudson
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(4), 660
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Expanding Home-Based Primary Care to American Indian Reservations and Other Rural Communities: An Observational Study
Presents a study on the efficacy of home-based primary care for American Indians and other rural veterans. Breaks down data by demographic factors, such as age, gender, and living situation among others.
Author(s): B. Josea Kramer, Beth Creekmur, Michael N. Mitchell, Debra Saliba
Citation: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(4), 818-824
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123): Brief Summary of Division E--The Advancing Chronic Care, Extenders, and Social Services (ACCESS) Act
Brief summary of ACCESS Act provisions, and names of experts knowledgeable about each point. Topics include Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), public health, child and family services, foster care, social impact partnerships, child support enforcement, and prison data reporting. Features provisions specific to institutions and services in rural areas, including hospitals, home health, and ambulance services.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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