NAHC Submits Hospice, Palliative Care Recommendations for HCBS

Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services (HCBS) is, by far, the leading source of support for health care in the home for millions of individuals with disabilities and infirmities of all kinds.  This important area of health care has received notable focus in recent months, including as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better”…

NAHC Submits Comments On Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule

On January 21, 2021, the Office of Civil Rights under the Department of Health and Human Services issued a propose rule: Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule To Support, and Remove Barriers to Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement Office HHS proposes to make a number of changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen…

CMS Releases List of Potential Future Quality Measures

Today Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the 2018 list of Measures Under Consideration for future use in the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP).  The list is released annually, and there is an opportunity for stakeholder comment.  In fact, comments are due next week…

CMS Issues Second Comment Period on OASIS-D

CMS has issued a second  Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) notice  for the revised Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS-D) that goes into effect January 2019, in accord with the changes issued in the final 2018 home health prospective payment system rate update rule. This PRA notice request is for a 30 day public comments period…

NAHC Submits Comments on the OASIS-D Burden

On March 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the Federal Register a request for comment in accord with the Paperwork Reduction Act for the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS)-D.  The OASIS-D was being modified to include changes pursuant to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT…

NAHC Submits Comments on Draft Hospice “Transitions” Measure

As reported recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has requested public comment on draft specifications related to a Transitions from Hospice Care, Followed by Death or Acute Care Measure (Transitions Measure) that is currently under development for use in the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).  The measure is a complex undertaking and…

NAHC Submits Comments on Medicare Advantage Call Letter

On February 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program in the 2019 Call Letter. These changes increase flexibility to allow more options and new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in MA plans. As a part of these changes, CMS is redefining health-related supplemental benefits…