The State of Home Care and Hospice and NAHC 2.0

The following is a speech by NAHC President William A. Dombi, delivered to attendees during the first General Session of the Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Mr. Dombi delivered these remarks to a packed audience, as attendance at the 2019 conference is up substantially from 2018. Please read…

Technology, Advocacy, Education on Display at 2019 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo

The 2019 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo began over the past weekend with a spotlight on technology, advocacy, and education, starting with the Home Healthcare, Hospice, and Information Technology 2019 (H3IT 2019) conference that has been affiliated with NAHC’s annual meeting the last few years. If you’re not familiar with H3IT, it is an annual international…

CMS Advises on Sharing Medicare Beneficiary Identifier when Referring Patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent out a brief update on the new Medicare cards that were shipped out to all beneficiaries from April 2018 to April 2019. You can find the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) on the remittance advice of a prior claim or from your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s portal (get access if…

The Biggest Industry Expo is Only Days Away and We Just Made it Better

Network, Get Business Solutions & Chance to Win Big Money Prize! Watch the video below to learn how the Expo can help you As a leader in your agency, you are always searching for new ways to improve the work you and your colleagues do. That is why a trip to the Expo at the 2019 Home Care…

Poll: Older Americans Interested in Telehealth, but Wary

Older Americans are interested in telehealth, but few have experienced it, and many are concerned that it does not offer the same level of care as an in-person visit, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. Only 14 percent of respondents said their health care provider offers…

Annual Update to Threshold Amounts for Medicare Appeals

The annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process has been updated. The adjustment to the AIC threshold amounts will be effective for requests for ALJ hearings and judicial review filed on or after January 1, 2020. The calendar…

New EPA Hazardous Waste Pharmaceutical Requirements Could Impact Disposal in Hospice Inpatient Units

In recent years as part of the larger concern around the growth in opioid abuse nationwide, proper disposal of unused controlled substances in hospice has taken on heightened interest; in recognition that hospices can play an important role in curbing diversion or misuse of unused pain medications, in late 2018 Congress enacted legislation authorizing hospice…

Time is Running Out to be a Part of the Biggest Event in Home Care and Hospice this Year

October 13-15, 2019 | Seattle, Washington | REGISTER NOW! The 2019 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo is the premier networking and educational event for providers, owners, and industry experts, and it is only a few days away! This conference is designed specifically to help home care and hospice professionals prepare their business and…

Executive Order Provides Limited Detail but Presages Policies to Advance Medicare Advantage, Other Changes

On October 3, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors” expressing disapproval of efforts by some in Congress to encourage “Medicare for All” policies and, instead, to promote health initiatives endorsed by the Administration.  While the EO does not, of itself, directly change any existing…