CMS To Resume Medical Review Activities, Including Review Choice Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the return of medical review activities, including the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program for home health services on August 3, 2020, regardless of the status of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). On March 30 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suspended most Medicare…

NAHC Urges Important Changes to CMS’ Interim Final Rule

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend the 2020 PY for the Home Health Value-Based Purchsing Model, in comments to CMS in response to the Interim Final Rule, first released on April 30, 2020. The NAHC July 7 letter to CMS…

CMS Webinar: Online Status Tracking of Part A Cost Reports

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the following notice of a forthcoming webinar during which a new online status tracking feature for Part A Cost Reports will be discussed.  The session is geared toward Part A providers and entities that file cost reports for Part A providers. The webinar will air on…

Take Action! Urge Congressional Delay of MA-Hospice Carve-in Demonstration

GO HERE to defend hospice right now! Easy and takes only seconds! Join NAHC’s Summer 2020 Backyard Advocacy campaign! In recent months a growing chorus of hospice organizations, Medicare Advantage (MA) stakeholders, and members of Congress have urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to delay the January 2021 launch of a planned…

CMS Directs Release of PEPPER

The annual release of the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) for all provider types was put on hold by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the beginning of the current Public Health Emergency (PHE).  The hospice PEPPER is usually released in April and the home health PEPPER is usually…

Cost Report Deadlines Extended

Postings from Medicare Administrative Contractors CGS and NGS indicate cost report deadlines have been extended, NAHC has learned. Following is a posting from the CGS website regarding extensions on deadlines for some cost reports.  Please note that the deadline for 10/31/19 and 11/30/19 cost reports remains at 6/30/2020 while other deadlines have been further extended.…

CMS Proposes to Permanently Expand Telehealth for Home Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to permanently finalize the regulatory flexibility issued in the first COVID-19 interim final rule (85 FR 19230) that permits home health agencies to provide telehealth and remote monitoring services when ordered in the plan  of care. CMS is continuing its commitment to advance  the use of…

CMS to Extend Medicare Care Choice Model

​The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will extend the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) by one calendar year, through December 31, 2021, allowing more Medicare beneficiaries to access supportive care. MCCM tests a new option for Medicare beneficiaries to receive supportive care services from selected hospice providers. It evaluates whether those services can…

NAHC Analysis of the CY 2021 Home Health Proposed Rule

CY 2021 Home Health Proposed Rule Addresses Payment Rates, Telehealth, Quality Program and Home Infusion Therapy   Late this afternoon the preview of the CY 2021 home health proposed rule, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2021 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements, was…

ALERT: Quality Reporting Resumes July 1, 2020

Both hospice and home health providers will resume quality data reporting July 1, 2020. For three calendar quarters – October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided an exception for hospice and home health providers from submitting quality data due to the current Public Health Emergency…