Home Health & Hospice Providers: Quality Reporting Resumption and Letters of Noncompliance

NAHC Report wants to remind both hospice and home health providers that quality data reporting  resumed July 1, 2020. For three calendar quarters – October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided an exception for hospice and home health providers from submitting quality data due to…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy, Week 4: Letters to the Editor

Welcome to Week 4 of the Summer Backyard Advocacy Campaign!  This year, NAHC is encouraging advocates for the home care and hospice communities to write letters to the editor of your local news publications. What is a Letter to the Editor?  When you feel strongly about an issue or a piece of legislation and you…

All NAHC Members: Key Webinar on Home Health Proposed Rule Update and more!

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) will present a new live webinar to provide members with an update on the Home Health Proposed Rule, key data on hospice and the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). This webinar, A Special HHFMA Update with…

Nursing Home Commission Seeks Public Input on COVID-19 Protections and Care Needs

An Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (Commission) is calling for public comments to improve care delivery during an emergency and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in nursing homes.  Hospice providers and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments, but time is limited – any submission must…

IRS FAQs on Taxation of Provider Relief and Coronavirus Relief Funds

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a brief Frequently Asked Questions memo on the taxation of payments from provider relief and coronavirus relief funds, which generally don’t give the response that many had hoped for. These FAQs may raise a number of issues for providers and others who receive money under these programs. According to…

FMC 2020 Will Help Your Agency Stay Compliant

REGISTER NOW FOR FMC 2020 Scrutiny from program integrity contractors can lead to disaster – massive fines, payment suspension, and worse. Identifying risk and removing threats before they become a problem is essential for the success of your business. Learn how to mitigate these risks, and more, at the 2020 Financial Management Conference, July 27-30.…

CMS To Resume Medical Review Activities, Including Review Choice Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the return of medical review activities, including the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program for home health services on August 3, 2020, regardless of the status of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). On March 30 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suspended most Medicare…

Hospice News Update: COVID Tip Sheet, 2020 CAHPS Hospice Survey

HQRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is Available The HQRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is now available. This tip sheet provides practical guidance to address hospice quality data submissions starting on July 1, 2020 now that the temporary exemptions from the COVID-19 PHE ended. Hospices are expected to resume timely quality data collection and submission of…

NAHC Urges Important Changes to CMS’ Interim Final Rule

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend the 2020 PY for the Home Health Value-Based Purchsing Model, in comments to CMS in response to the Interim Final Rule, first released on April 30, 2020. The NAHC July 7 letter to CMS…

CMS Webinar: Online Status Tracking of Part A Cost Reports

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the following notice of a forthcoming webinar during which a new online status tracking feature for Part A Cost Reports will be discussed.  The session is geared toward Part A providers and entities that file cost reports for Part A providers. The webinar will air on…