Appeals Demonstration Expanded to Home Health and Hospice

On Jan.1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC) Telephone Discussion and Reopening Process Demonstration to test whether further engagement between Durable Medical Equipment (DME) suppliers and the DME QIC would improve the understanding of the cause of appeal denials and, over time, result in more proper…

NAHC Plans Push to Protect Home Health Therapy under PDGM

In advance of the official implementation of the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) for Medicare home health, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) met with regulatory experts from the trade associations representing physical and occupational therapists, as well as speech language pathology. The meeting focused on advocacy efforts to mitigate the more…

How to Become an Advocate for Home Care and Hospice

It’s a lot easier than you think! One of the most common questions we receive at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is, “I want to become an advocate, but where do I start?” Every time I hear this question, a little part of my soul smiles and another part wonders where…

OSHA Injury, Illness Report Due March 2

March 2, 2020, is the deadline for electronically reporting your Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300A data for calendar year 2019. Collection began January 2, 2020. OSHA published a Final Rule to amend its recordkeeping regulation to remove the requirement to electronically submit to OSHA information from the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries…

Home Care Dominates the Best Jobs without a College Degree

Americans are attending college in greater numbers than ever before, but college isn’t for everyone and those who do not attend college still hope to find useful, meaningful work to support themselves and, in some cases, their families. Home health aide is the best job in America for those without a college degree, according to…

Kick Your Home Care and Hospice Career into High Gear in 2020

If you’ve been thinking that your career in home care and hospice could use a little pick-me-up, then we have some good news for you. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is now offering you the chance to turbocharge your career by becoming a Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive. Employment in…

Fight for the Future for Home Care and Hospice!

Save the date now for March on Washington 2020! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) invites you to join us in Washington, D.C. on March 23 and 24 for the annual March on Washington, two days of policy education and advocacy in the halls of Congress. Please REGISTER NOW for March on Washington. Registration…

CMS Updates Medicare Benefit Policy Manual for Home Health Agencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently released Transmittal 265/Change Request (CR) 11577 Manual Updates Related to Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Home Health Payment Policy Changes, Maintenance Therapy, and Remote Patient Monitoring This CR updates the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, (Publication 100-02), Chapter 7, to reflect policy changes finalized in the CY 2019 and…

Don’t Miss the Premier Private Duty Home Care Webinar on January 23

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Littler Mendelson will present a new Private Duty Current Trends in Regulatory & Legal Issues webinar this month – 2019 Year in Review and 2020 Predictions in Home Care. This free webinar will air on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM…

NAHC to Congress: Make Spousal Impoverishment Protection and Money Follows the Person Program Permanent

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge leaders in both houses of Congress to pass the permanent extension of the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) and Spousal Impoverishment Protections included in the bipartisan Drug Pricing Reduction and Health and Human Services Improvement Act…