NAHC to Congress: Extend the Acute Hospital Care at Home Waiver Program

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and a group of likeminded organizations have written to leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives to urge Congress to prioritize extending the Acute Hospital Care at Home (AHCAH) waiver program as part of the next government funding package on February 18th. Many seniors needing acute-level…

OSHA Withdraws Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Testing Rule

Agency leaves door open to future permanent standard on COVID vaccination-or-testing The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is withdrawing its emergency temporary standard (ETS) to require all large businesses in the United States to implement a COVID-19 vaccine-or-weekly-testing policy for employees by February 9, 2022. However, OSHA has decided to propose that the make…

CMS Learning Event: HHVBP Model Expansion 101

REGISTER HERE The expanded HHVBP Model begins on January 1, 2022 and includes Medicare-certified HHAs in all fifty (50) states, District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Calendar year (CY) 2022 for the expanded Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model will serve as a pre-implementation year. During this period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

CMS Issues Guidance on the Vaccine Mandate for all States

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS), Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO)Group has issued three separate guidance memorandums  (QSO-22-07,QSO-22-09, and QSO-22-11) to address compliance with the CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination, Interim Final Rule. Three  memos have been issued to accommodate the varying Appeals Court and United States  Supreme Court decisions reading…

Trust ERC Today for Your Employee Retention Credit Needs

APPLY TODAY! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has teamed up with ERC Today, a new partner that provides turnkey Employee Retention Credit (ERC) services to our valued members. ERC Today helps businesses determine their eligibility for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) and has helped organizations like yours secure thousands of dollars to millions of dollars in funding…

Save the Date! Your VBID Hospice Benefit Component Questions Answered

The Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model Team will host an office hours session on Thursday February 3rd, 2022 on the Hospice Benefit Component to provide technical and operational support to interested stakeholders. During this office hour session, presenters will answer questions submitted in advance to the VBID Mailbox and also offer attendees an opportunity to…

Update! Home Health Claims Processing Issues

NAHC became aware of home health claims processing problems in the last several weeks, caused by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Service systems issue and some Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC)-specific issues. (See January 12, 2022 NAHC Report for more information.) NAHC quickly began addressing these issues when it was brought to our attention.…

Home Health Quality Reporting Update

The January 2022 quarterly refresh for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare. For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) measure scores are based on three quarters of OASIS assessment data, due to the temporary exception to the HH Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data submission requirements in…

New Waived Tests

Listed below are the latest tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as waived tests under CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988). The CPT code, effective date and description for the latest tests approved by the FDA as waived tests under CLIA are as follows: 81003QW, September 23, 2021. Teco Diagnostics Inc.…

OSHA Increases Civil Penalties

On January 16, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased its civil penalties based on cost of living adjustments. Below are the maximum penalty amounts, with the annual adjustment for inflation, that may be assessed after Jan. 15, 2022. (See OSHA Memo, Jan 13, 2022). 2022 Penalty Adjustments Type of Violation Penalty Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements…