CMS Makes Changes to the Review Choice Demonstration

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a phased-in approach for the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for North Carolina and Florida. Both of these states were set to have RCD begin at the end of this month (See previous NAHC Report coverage here and here.)  CMS also posted a change to the…

House of Reps Votes to Fund Key Home Care and Hospice Programs

The House of Representatives completed their work on Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), allocating $96 billion to HHS for FY21. This funding is separate from the Medicare and Medicaid programs as those are considered mandatory spending and not subject to the annual appropriations process. Following is a summary…

Florida Reps Urge CMS to Delay Review Choice Demonstration in Florida

A trio of Representatives from Florida have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concerns with the decision to move forward with the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program in Florida. In March, due to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic, CMS announced that the RCD program would be paused from expansion…

Senators Introduce Hospice Respite Relief Legislation to Ease Access during Pandemic

On August 4, 2020, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W) introduced the COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act of 2020 (S. 4423), designed to establish additional flexibilities related to delivery of respite care services during public health emergencies (PHEs) such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the legislation provides the Secretary of…

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate to Include HCBS in COVID-19 Relief Legislation!

On Tuesday August 4th TAKE ACTION! Tell the U.S. Senate to Include Home and Community Based Services in COVID-19 Relief Bills! #WeAreEssential Now, more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based care and community services (HBCS) have come to the forefront as a way to keep those at the highest risk for the virus at home while receiving the care they need under the watchful eye of…

House Approps Cmte Approves New Funding for Home Care Services

The House of Representatives’ Appropriations Commttee approved $96 billion in discretionary federal spending for fiscal year 2021, including key funds for home and community-based services, family caregiving, and respite care. The approved funds relevant to care in the home include: Home and Community Based Services: $400 million ($10 million increase from FY2020) – This program…

Home Care Thanks Senator Susan Collins

Very few public servants have done as much for home care and the millions of people who depend on it and provide it than Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Senator Collins has been a tireless advocate for the rights of all Americans to enjoy quality health care in the home, putting her in the vanguard…

Bipartisan Letter from Senators Urges Permanent Expansion of Telehealth

On Monday, June 15th a group of 30 bipartisan senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requesting that recent expansions and flexibilities made for telehealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic be made permanent.  In the early days of the pandemic, Congress and the Centers for Medicare…

NAHC to Senate: New COVID-19 Relief Must Include Medicaid Home Care Services

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a prestigious group of like-minded organizations urging the United States Senate to include Medicaid Home and Community Based Services in the next COVID-19 relief package. The letter, signed by NAHC and an amazing 251 other organizations, urges Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY),…

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…