OSHA Targets Home Health Care on COVID-19 Compliance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has begun implementing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to ensure that employees in high hazard industries or work tasks are protected from the danger of contracting the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in a development that could impact home health providers. The NEP augments OSHA’s efforts addressing unprogrammed COVID-19-related activities,…

CMS FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule Proposes Big Quality Reporting Program Changes

Rebasing/Revision of Labor Shares for Payments Don’t miss the NAHC webinar on the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule! REGISTER NOW! To read NAHC analysis of the revised Home Health QRP Display Schedule GO HERE: The Home Health Quality Reporting Program Part of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule Due to the importance of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule…

Recovery of Accelerated Payments Began March 30

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified providers and suppliers who received COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments (CAAPs) that the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) began recovering those payments as early as March 30, 2021, depending upon the one-year anniversary of when the first payment was received. The CAAP repayment terms provide as…

HHS updates Provider Relief Fund FAQs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated its Provider Relief Fund FAQs related to “Terms and Conditions,” “Ownership Structures and Financial Relationships,” and “Use of Funds.” Specifically, the updates relate to recoupment of funds; the allowable timeframe to calculate COVID-19 expenses or lost revenue; oversight and enforcement mechanisms; conditions for accepting additional PRF payments;…

Temporary Claims Hold Pending Congressional Action to Extend 2% Sequester Reduction Suspension

In anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the two percent sequester reduction suspension, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period without affecting providers’ cash flow. This will minimize the…

Must-Attend Webinar: Critical New Data Revealed in Today’s COVID-19 Town Hall!

Renowned physician Dr. Gabe Kelen, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C.), will speak at today’s COVID-19 Town Hall webinar at 2:00PM Eastern and he will reveal new and critical data about the COVID-19 virus and the vaccine. NAHC strongly urges everyone to attend and to make the easier, we are waiving registration for this event. Here is your easy connection…

RCD Phase-in for Florida and North Carolina Renewed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a continuation of the phased-in participation of the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for home health agencies (HHAs) in Florida and North Carolina for an additional 90 days, due to the ongoing COVID-19 PHE. Providers interested in participating should make their Cycle 2 Choice selections between April…

CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab and etesevimab, administered together, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive COVID-19 test results who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. Bamlanivimab and etesevimab, administered…

NAHC COVID-19 Town Hall – Part IV: Vaccine Hesitancy Among Caregivers

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar in our COVID-19 Town Hall series, Vaccine Hesitancy Among Caregivers, Part 3, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM Eastern. Join us this Wednesday for the last webinar in our series on addressing vaccine hesitancy. Hear from Mary…

Congress Approves Extension of Medicare Sequestration Moratorium

NAHC advocacy helps prevent deep reimbursement rate cuts The House of Representatives and Senate have separately taken action to provide further suspension of the Medicare Sequester. While similar in intent, the two bodies took different approaches to the policy. The House took first action in approving H.R. 1868. The Senate followed up with an amendment…