After a turbulent year in regulatory proposals for the home health care industry, providers need to be looking to 2018 with fresh eyes on what changes still lie ahead.
Nebraska’s chapter of the Visiting Nurse Association is launching a telehealth program to improve care management and coordination for its home-based patients. The Omaha-based VNA is deploying 4G tablets with preloaded software and Bluetooth-connected devices to enable patients to gather and transmit vital signs to caregivers.
The integration of podiatric services could enhance chronic care management, improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and ultimately benefit the shift toward value-based care, according to a study commissioned by the New York State Podiatric Medical Association.
In early January, CMS announced the next generation of bundled payments – BPCI Advanced, which rewards clinicians with additional revenue for improving care management to reduce post-acute care costs and readmissions. Achieving this goal will require improved variability management and a reduction in clinical variation across the continuum of services providers offer.