CMS Issues New Waivers under the Conditions of Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has waived some significant provisions of the home health Conditions of Participation. The following items under the CoP have been waived by CMS. The initial evaluation under 484.55 (a) will not require an on-site visit and may be conducted remotely or through medical review. This does not…

CMS Issues Waivers for Hospice, Relief for Hospices using Telecoms

On March 30, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an Emergency Declaration of Blanket Waivers and Flexibilities for health care providers.  CMS stated the following about the waivers:  the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020 through the end of the emergency declaration.…

NAHC: Home Care and Hospice Employees are Exempt Providers Under FFCRA

The US Department of Labor issued guidance over the weekend on standards and application of the extended sick and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave under the recent Covid-19 stimulus bills. The guidance addresses an important issue affecting home care and hospice companies. NAHC and others sought to have an exemption applicable to a “health care provider” to…

Update: CMS Announces Quality Reporting Program Relief

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced some quality reporting program relief for providers last week.  For both home health and hospice there are some data that do not need to be submitted, and there were some outstanding questions on exactly what the relief covered.  Over this past weekend CMS…

Home Care Stalwarts Casey, Dingell Introduce Bill to Protect Seniors, Disabled, Caregivers from Coronavirus

NAHC supports this legislation to protect home care workers and allow seniors to receive care in the home. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the ranking member on the Senate Select Committee on Aging, and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced legislation in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives to protect senior citizens, the…

Update to Home Health Grouper for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced a change to the effective date for the new ICD-10 diagnosis code for COVID-19 to April, 1 2020, and issued supplemental guidance. According to the announcement, due to the urgent need to capture the reporting of this condition on  health care  claims and surveillance data,…

Don’t Miss New NAHC Webinar: COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Strategies

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar, COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Strategies, to help home care and hospice operators and caregivers help prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus while still caring for their patients. This webinar will air live on Friday, March 27 from 1:00 to…

CMS Announces Quality Reporting Program Relief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new quality reporting program relief for providers, including data submission relief for both home health and hospice providers. For both home health and hospice there are some data that do not need to be submitted, as follows: Deadlines for October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (Q4)…

Community-based Care Providers Need Priority for Protective Equipment

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a coalition of groups devoted to promoting home-and-community-based care have written to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), asking for priority status in accessing personal protective equipment (PPE) to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing to treat patients in their…

New NAHC Webinar: COVID-19 Response for Hospice Inpatient Units

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new webinar, How Hospice Inpatient Units are Preparing and Responding to the Threat of COVID-19:  A Community Conversation, on Friday, March 27 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. This webinar is free to all, but registration is required. REGISTER NOW! Hospices are facing tremendous challenges…