NAHC, Big Health Care Orgs Urge Congress to Extend Relief from 2% Sequester Spending Cuts

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), as well as the American Hospital Association, the American Health Care Association, and the American Medical Association have written to top congressional leaders, urging them to extend the congressionally enacted moratorium on the application of the Medicare sequester cuts into 2021 and through the duration of…

CMS COVID-19 Billing FAQs Updated to Address Cost Report Issues for PRF, PPP

On August 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an update on COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Billing Issues.   This included some questions regarding cost report issues.  Following is a summary of the cost report questions that was compiled by Dave Macke, Co-Chair of NAHC’s Home Health and Hospice Financial…

IRS FAQs on Taxation of Provider Relief and Coronavirus Relief Funds

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a brief Frequently Asked Questions memo on the taxation of payments from provider relief and coronavirus relief funds, which generally don’t give the response that many had hoped for. These FAQs may raise a number of issues for providers and others who receive money under these programs. According to…

HHS Delays Deadline for COVID-19 Provider Grant Reports

Health care providers who have received relief funds from the federal government will not have to submit a separate quarterly report to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) or the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, the department quietly announced in a CARES Act FAQ on Saturday, June 13. Instead, HHS will develop its own…

HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid, CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals

RELATED STORY: HHS Releases Another Provider Relief Fund FAQ The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 9, 2020, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the distribution of additional relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in…

Senate Approves Measures to Relax Rules of Paycheck Protection Program

The United States Senate approved on Wednesday, June 3, new legislation to relax rules applying to businesses receiving paycheck protection program (PPP) funds under the CARES Act. The new rules will give small businesses more time to repay funds and allow more flexibility on how the funds are spent. The legislation passed the Senate by…

HHS Issues Important Provider Relief Fund Clarifications

Since distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund began in April, there have been numerous issues that have arisen, and over recent weeks the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken steps to clarify a number of them. This article will highlight important guidance issued on June 2 related to the scope…

Senator: Bill to Reimburse Home Health for Telehealth Services Is Coming

A Senate Special Committee on Aging on Thursday, May 21, heard from multiple witnesses testifying to the need for more telemedicine, particularly in the home health setting, prompting committee chair Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to say “I plan to introduce a bill soon to create a framework to reimburse for telehealth services provided by home health…

New IRS Guidance Eliminates all Tax Benefits of PPP Loan Forgiveness

A special report from Ted Cuppett of The Health Group The IRS has released guidance (Notice 2020-32) to explain that a taxpayer that receives a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is not permitted to deduct expenses that are normally deductible under the Code, to the extent the expenses were reimbursed by a PPP…

CMS Addresses Home Health Billing for Non-Physician Practitioners

The recently released  interim final rule allows Nurse Practitioners (NPs), certified Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), and Physician Assistants (PAs) to certify beneficiaries for eligibility under the Medicare home health benefit and oversee their plan of care. This permanent change, which will persist after the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE), is an implementation of the CARES…