Biden Admin Relaxes Prescribing Requirements for Popular Opioid Use Disorder Drug

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updated guidance that removes some of the prescribing barriers for the drug buprenorphine, a medication that is commonly to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). As providers, especially those in hospice and palliative care, continue to serve increasing numbers of patients with OUDs that are managed on…

Call for Education Proposals for the 2021 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo

Submit your proposal here! Deadline to submit your proposal is May 14, 2021 NAHC is excited to announce we are now accepting proposals for education sesssions for the 2021 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo, October 3-5, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Get started here! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is seeking…

Celebrate America’s Heroes During National Nurses Week 2021

It is National Nurses Week from May 6-12 and as you probably know, all of us at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) love nurses. We have nurses working here at NAHC HQ (Executive VP Andrea Devoti and Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Mary Carr) and nurses have been central to our…

NAHC’s Theresa Forster & Katie Wehri Honored for Advocacy by NY Assn

The Home Care Association of New York (HCA) honored NAHC Vice President for Hospice Policy Theresa Forster and Director of Home Care & Hospice Regulatory Affairs Katie Wehri for their advocacy on behalf of hospice services, at the association’s virtual annual conference on May 5. The HCA Advocacy Award recognizes a provider agency or person who…

Future of Telehealth Expansion Debated in Congress

During an April 28 hearing of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Health earlier this week, numerous lawmakers from both sides of the aisle highlighted the value Medicare telehealth flexibilities have provided during the pandemic, especially their impact on the ability to receive care in the home, and expressed interest in supporting policies to expand…

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice, Part 1: Patient Acceptance & Discharge

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm Eastern REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR SERIES REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR More information about the series here. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is pleased to announce an important new webinar series, Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice, which will cover the most timely and important legal issues…

Poll: Americans Want Help to Age in Place

Overwhelmingly, Americans want to age in place in their own homes and communities, but want help to do so, citing assistance from Medicare as a key priority, according to a big new survey from the AP-NORC Center and The SCAN Foundation. The findings are consistent with polls done by these groups since 2013. The “vast majority…

Call for Comments on Implementing the HIPAA Security Rule

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to update the NIST Special Publication (SP) 800—66, Revision 1, An Introductory Resource Guide for Implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule (“Resource Guide”). NIST is seeking stakeholder input on the purpose of the Resource Guide to educate readers about information security terms…

Register Now for the Only Conference Made for Financial Pros in Home Care & Hospice

REGISTER NOW! Each year, you will find the brightest people in home care and hospice at the Financial Management Conference (FMC), the only conference designed specifically for financial professionals in the industry. FMC is where future leaders build their careers and where the current leaders go to stay on top. Registration is open right now and…

Tell Us What You Think of the FY2022 Proposed Hospice Changes

Separate Surveys Allow for Input on Proposed Quality Changes, Election Statement Addendum and CoP Proposals, and Payment/Utilization Trend The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its FY2022 proposed hospice payment rule in mid-April.  Among its items the rule proposes numerous changes for hospice quality measures, a significant change to the “labor shares” of…