Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Home Health Care: NYT Op-Ed On High Cost

The March 23, 2009 edition of the New York Times has an editorial about managing costs in the home health industry. The editorial reports that the home health industry is one of the most profitable in Medicare. It also cites a recent GAO report about fraud and abuse in Medicare home health. The editorial piece noted that President Obama’s budget plan calls for saving $37 billion over the next decade by reducing Medicare’s projected home health care expenditures in order to help finance his broader health care reforms.

Home health care companies are facing significant federal cuts in addition to the state cuts that have already been imposed. Further, there is public support for further cuts. For private businesses who are Medicare providers there will be significant pressure. For the article, see:



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