Office of Inspector General Continues Focus on Home Health Agencies

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issues updates to its work plan on a monthly basis through out the year. Since our last report on the OIG’s recent activity updates (NAHC Report https://report.nahc.org/recently-added-oig-work-plan-item-may-impact-home-health-and-hospice-providers/), the OIG announced this month a revision of an issue for home heath agencies…

New Legislation Would Allow Occupational Therapists to Open Home Health Cases

GO HERE to quickly and easily support this important legislation to improve home health services. New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives that would grant Occupational Therapists the authority to open home health cases. Under current law, only nurses, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists can…

MedPAC Calls for New Payment System and Rate Cut for Home Health

·         MedPAC also questions Reporting on Patient Functional Ability The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a group of 17 commissioners created to advise Congress on Medicare issues, provided fresh insight on a possible unified payment model for post-acute care providers and called for a five percent rate cut for home health, in its June report…

HHS Renews Settlement Conference Facilitation for Appeal Resolutions

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has renewed its Settlement Conference Facilitation (SCF) program. The SCF is available to all Medicare Part A and Part B providers and suppliers with appeals pending at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) or the Medicare Appeals Council (Council) level. The appeals must have been filed on or…

Proposed Rule from CMS Revises Non-Discrimination Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a proposed rule significantly revising the non-discrimination regulations that implemented Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The revisions are intended to reduce burden, eliminate redundancy with several other non-discriminatory regulations, and provide clarity in the…

We need your Stories, Heart, and Voice for Nurse Practitioners!

Congress must Act to Allow NPP’s to Order Home Health Services Current federal law requires that a physician certify a patient’s eligibility for coverage of Home Health services. Many things have changed in healthcare since this Medicare provision was enacted. Much of the primary care provided today comes from highly skilled non-physician practitioners (NPPs) such as…

Grassroots Advocacy Urgent Call to Action!

Show your support for 433/H.R. 2573 We need you to take Action! It’s easy and takes less than 30 seconds CLICK HERE to add your voice and help make some noise on the Hill urging your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor and support the Home Health Payment Innovation Act S. 433 /H.R. 2573…

An Engaged, Informed and Focused Board Benefits All Types of Hospice and Home Health Organizations

The following article is the first in a series of three from Bill Musick, Integriti3D.  Building more healthy, engaged and informed boards is often considered a focus for nonprofit (aka Community Benefit) boards.  This article, the first in a series of three, explores the reasons that all boards affiliated with hospice and home health services…

How Can America Create the Home Care Workforce to Meet Growing Needs?

We are going to need more data and better policies Over two million people in the United States work as personal care aides and another 800,000 work as home health aides, both occupations among the fastest-growing in America and anticipated to grow more than 40 percent between 2016 and 2026. Most long-term care services involve…

Home Health Quality Reporting Tools and Training

Training webinar on June 19, 2019 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Achieving a Full Annual Payment Update (APU)/Market Basket Increase for home health providers on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. See the Home Health Quality Reporting Training webpage for details. The purpose of the webinar is to…