Wednesday, December 11, 2019

MedPAC Staff Recommend 7 Percent Cut in Medicare Payment to Home Health Providers

On December 5, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) convened for a session titled Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments: Home Health Care. This is an annual process where the commission receives a presentation evaluating payment adequacy for services rendered, as well as a report on patient access to home health services, and quality of…

House Approves Health Workplace Violence Prevention Legislation

Last week the House of Representatives passed legislation extending employee protections against violence in the workplace. Introduced as the Workplace Violence Prevention for Heath Care and Social Service Workers Act, H.R. 1309, by Rep. Joe Courtney, the vote passed with a tally of 251 in favor and 158 opposed. In introducing the bill, Rep. Courtney…

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A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Industry Trend Report Tracks Hospice Length of Stay, Utilization

In its 2019 Industry Trend Report, data analytics firm Trella Health (formerly Excel Health Group) provides timely insights into hospice trends, including a focus on hospice admissions, utilization, and length of stay as of the first quarter of 2019. Following are some data points of particular interest. Hospice Admissions: Trella found that hospice admissions grew…

For Your Information

A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…

Monday, December 9, 2019

MedPAC Advances Hospice Cap Reforms, FY2021 Payment Recommendations

Initial Findings on Impact of Post-Acute Transfer Policy on Hospice Care On December 5 and 6, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a public meeting at which members discussed recommendations under consideration for inclusion in its annual MedPAC Report to Congress that is usually released in March.  MedPAC will finalize its recommendations at a…

REMINDER: Time is Running Out to Access iQIES

Home health agencies (HHAs) are reminded to obtain access to the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) by December 23. Failure to so will prevent submission of Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data, impacting the agency’s ability to comply with quality reporting requirements and the need for claims matching after January 1, 2020. Claims…

For Your Information

A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…

Friday, December 6, 2019

NAHC Has All the Info You Need on how PDGM will Impact Physicians

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new educational webinar for home health professionals, A Guide to the NAHC PDGM Physician Toolkit, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:00 PM Eastern Time. This webinar is free to members and non-members alike! REGISTER NOW! NAHC has developed a suite…

Home Health Spending Hits a New High, Growth Robust

Home health spending in the United exceeded $102 billion in 2018, a new high, according to the Office of the Actuary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in figures published yesterday in Health Affairs. Total U.S. health care spending was approximately $3.65 trillion in 2018. That means home health care spending accounted…

For Your Information

A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Updates

OASIS Considerations for Medicare PDGM Patients The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted resource, OASIS Considerations for Medicare PDGM Patients, to assist agencies with OASIS considerations during the PPS-to-Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) transition. This document provides guidance to providers on how to correctly complete the M0090 Date Assessment Completed for patients starts…

New Standards for Handling Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings

Effective December 1, 2019, all health care providers are required to follow standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs (HDs). The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) chapter 800 is set of standards for handling of hazardous drugs (HDs) where there is a risk of exposure to patients, healthcare workers, and the environment. USP General Chapter 800…

For Your Information

A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…