ABN Use Delayed, Home Health PEPPER Webcast

Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) Use Delayed Due to COVID-19 concerns, CMS is going to expand the deadline for use of the renewed ABN, Form CMS-R-131 (exp. 6/30/2023). At this time, the renewed ABN will be mandatory for use on 1/1/2021. The renewed form may be implemented prior to the mandatory deadline. The ABN form…

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…

Home Care & Hospice COVID-19 Town Hall with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will present a new Home Care & Hospice Town Hall to discuss the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and how providers and practitioners can best respond to the challenges of the public health emergency and prepare for the post-COVID health care landscape. This webinar will take…

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…

CMS Issues Home Health Quality Reporting Program Tip Sheet

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a Home Health Quality Reporting Program(QRP) tip sheet that outlines the quality reporting requirements for home health agencies (HHA) related to the current public health emergency.  On March 27, 2020, CMS announced temporary relief for HHAs and other providers in QRPs in response to COVID-19 PHE.…

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended

Alex Azar, the Secretar of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) signed a 90-day extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) on Thursday, July 23, extending enforcement and payment flexibilities affecting home health, hospice, and other health care stakeholders. The PHE was set to expire on Saturday, July 25. “Today I signed…

HHS Releases Provider Relief Fund Reporting Details

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently released important information for providers regarding reporting requirements related to Provider Relief Fund (PRF) distributions.  In the notice, HHS informs PRF recipients that received one or more payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate from the PRF of the timing of future reporting requirements. Each recipient of…

HHS Extended Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline for Medicaid and CHIP

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the deadline to submit an application for the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program  is August 3, 2020. The deadline was July 20 but HHS extended the it to August 3. HHS also recently announced that there will be a webcast…

Hospice Care in Nursing Facilities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

In the Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations guidance from the Quality, Safety, & Oversight (QSO) division of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), it is expected that hospice staff be included in the Long Term Care (LTC) COVID testing program. NAHC has heard from many hospices regarding questions, issues, and barriers to testing and…

NAHC Conveys Hospice Concerns to National Nursing Home Commission

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the independent National Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (the Commission) to ensure that residents of nursing homes have access to hospice care, whether in the form of safe, in-person visits or by telehealth communication. In response to the ongoing and widespread…