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Health Care-Related Expiring Provisions of the 117th Congress, First Session
Outlines the healthcare-related funding and governmental authorities that will expire during the first session of the 117th Congress, calendar year 2021, if not extended through congressional action. Highlights similar provisions that expired during the 116th Congress (2019-2020). Includes rural references throughout.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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CMS Open Door Forum Podcast and Transcripts
Provides audio recordings and transcripts of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum calls since October 2016, including the Rural Health Open Door Forums and COVID-19 stakeholder calls.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Evaluation of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model: Fourth Annual Report
Evaluates the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, which tests the impact of providing financial incentives to home health agencies in nine states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. Reports on the experiences of home health agencies and patients through 2019, the fourth performance year of the HHVBP Model, and the second year that agencies in the HHVBP states received a payment adjustment. Examines the impacts of the HHVBP Model on Medicare expenditures, healthcare utilization, quality of care and patient experience, and agency operations. Discusses rural access to high-quality home health agencies and the impact of HHVBP on rural home health patients.
Additional links: Findings at a Glance
Author(s): Alyssa Pozniak, Marc Turenne, Eric Lammers, et al.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
Provides an overview of waived Medicare regulations in response to COVID-19. Lists waivers that impact all types of providers, including Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, and others. Includes information on changes to telemedicine and quality improvement programs.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Post-Acute Care Trajectories for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries: Planned versus Actual Hospital Discharges to Skilled Nursing Facilities and Home Health Agencies
Examines care transitions among rural fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries following discharge from an acute care hospital. Compares planned and actual discharges to home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities. Discusses implications of these findings on rural healthcare policy and practice.
Author(s): Tracy M. Mroz, Lisa A. Garberson, C. Holly A. Andrilla, et al.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2021
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Includes discussion on Medicare payment policies directly affecting rural providers and beneficiaries. Addresses payment adequacy for healthcare facilities and services, improving Medicare payment for post-acute care, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and the impact of healthcare provider consolidation. Contains information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Medicare beneficiary healthcare access, mortality, and service use. Presents an option for Medicare's coverage of telehealth beyond the public health emergency.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Care Transformation Toolkit
Provides an overview of common approaches and best practices Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) utilize to improve healthcare quality, lower healthcare costs, and enhance patient experiences. Describes ACO programs designed to use telehealth to expand access to care and improve efficiency, support high-risk beneficiaries through home visits, and provide timely access to skilled nursing care through Medicare waivers. Discusses lessons learned, options available to ACOs, and possible implementation challenges.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Mathematica
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Left Behind Again: Rural Home Health Services in a Medicaid Pediatric Accountable Care Organization
Examines differences in pediatric home healthcare utilization among rural and urban children in a Medicaid pediatric Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Ohio. Analyzes overall differences in healthcare use and annual trends in home health use by rurality and Medicaid eligibility group. Discusses how these findings could inform state policies and future research.
Author(s): Rose Y. Hardy, Gilbert C. Liu, Kimberly J. Conkol, Sean P. Gleeson, Kelly J. Kelleher
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 2021
Type: Document
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Home Care and Hospice During COVID: A Rural Perspective
Interview with leaders from CHI Health at Home, a home health and hospice care provider serving rural Minnesota and North Dakota. Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted operations and patient care, including the increased role of technology, as well as the benefits of federal waivers.
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Medicare and Home Health: Taking Stock in the COVID-19 Era
Provides an overview of the Medicare home health benefit including Medicare financing, demographics of beneficiaries, and the home health workforce. Describes the impact of COVID-19 on the utilization home health services and regulatory changes taken in response to the pandemic. Offers policy recommendations to increase the value of home health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Courtney Harold Van Houtven, Walter D. Dawson
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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