CMS Updates Emergency Preparedness Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released Updated Guidance for Emergency Preparedness-Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM), updates that incorporate the emergency preparedness (EP) revisions of the 2019 “Burden Reduction Rule”, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction (CoPs) (CMS 3346-F) Final Rule…

Don’t Lose the Best Value in Home Care & Hospice – NAHC Membership

“Grateful for the advocacy and leadership of NAHC throughout 2020; so many accomplishments in the midst of a pandemic.” Susan Wade-Murphy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Assistant Vice President, Patient Services at Cincinnati Children’s Have you renewed your NAHC membership? If you haven’t you are in danger of being cut off from all the benefits you’ve enjoyed…

Hospice Expert Davis Baird Joins NAHC Advocacy

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is proud to announce the addition of Davis Baird, the new Director of Government Affairs for Hospice. Davis comes to us from the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, where he was the Policy and Advocacy Manager. Prior to that, he worked at the National Association of…

RESCHEDULED! Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is April 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has scheduled its next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum for Thursday, April 13, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM ET. Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. This call will be Conference Call Only. Open Door Participation Instructions: To participate by…

Rep. Alcee Hastings, Friend to Home Care, Dies at 84

Represntative Alcee Hastings (D-Fla), a long-time friend of health care in the home, died today at 84. During his 15 terms in Congress, the late. Rep. Hastings supported key pieces of legisation to support care in the home, such as the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (NPP bill), and cosponsored the Home Health Payment Innovation…

New Bill Addresses Nation’s Shortage of Nurses, Doctors

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the United States Senate would address America’s shortage of doctors and nurses by “recapturing” visas for thousands of foreign-born trained health care workers. The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act recaptures unused visas for nurses, doctors, and their families from previous years and expempts those visas from existing country caps on immigration. In…

Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is April 8

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has scheduled its next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum for Thursday, April 8, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM ET. Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. This call will be Conference Call Only. Open Door Participation Instructions: To participate by…

Recovery of Accelerated Payments Began March 30

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified providers and suppliers who received COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments (CAAPs) that the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) began recovering those payments as early as March 30, 2021, depending upon the one-year anniversary of when the first payment was received. The CAAP repayment terms provide as…

HHS updates Provider Relief Fund FAQs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated its Provider Relief Fund FAQs related to “Terms and Conditions,” “Ownership Structures and Financial Relationships,” and “Use of Funds.” Specifically, the updates relate to recoupment of funds; the allowable timeframe to calculate COVID-19 expenses or lost revenue; oversight and enforcement mechanisms; conditions for accepting additional PRF payments;…

CMS Revises HHA Claim Instructions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued corrections to Change Request 11855 through Transmittal 10696, dated, March 31,2021. The revisions include instructions that any principle diagnosis may be reported on the request for anticipated payment (RAP) in order to facilitate timely submission. Since these RAPs are not paid, the accurate principal diagnosis…