Throughout the past few years, home-based care — especially the private-duty industry — has gained greater recognition as a key part of the overall health care continuum. With that increased prominence, though, has come greater scrutiny.
As part of an increase in attention, home health and hospice providers alike have made strategic moves to add or expand personal care services in their business, both through merger-and-acquisition deals and partnership arrangements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to officially add non-skilled in-home care services as a supplemental benefit for Medicare Advantage plans starting in 2019 has only added fuel to that fire.
The private-duty industry’s continued rise to prominence has made it a regulatory target on state and national levels alike, industry leaders told Home Health Care News.
Home care’s business landscape and regulatory climate will be discussed during The Private Duty Symposium on Sept. 12 in Tinley Park, Illinois.