The big business of home health

A home health aide helps a patient at her house.
A home health aide helps a patient. Photo: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an influential body that studies health policy, is once again recommending Congress slash Medicare payments to companies that provide home health services.

The bottom line: MedPAC has criticized the home health industry for several years, arguing taxpayers are overpaying while companies are reaping large profits. This may seem like arcane payment policy, but it is growing in importance as more people are treated at home as a way to keep costs in check.