Home Care Stalwarts Casey, Dingell Introduce Bill to Protect Seniors, Disabled, Caregivers from Coronavirus

NAHC supports this legislation to protect home care workers and allow seniors to receive care in the home. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the ranking member on the Senate Select Committee on Aging, and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced legislation in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives to protect senior citizens, the…

Update to Home Health Grouper for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced a change to the effective date for the new ICD-10 diagnosis code for COVID-19 to April, 1 2020, and issued supplemental guidance. According to the announcement, due to the urgent need to capture the reporting of this condition on  health care  claims and surveillance data,…

Don’t Miss New NAHC Webinar: COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Strategies

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar, COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Strategies, to help home care and hospice operators and caregivers help prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus while still caring for their patients. This webinar will air live on Friday, March 27 from 1:00 to…

CMS Announces Quality Reporting Program Relief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new quality reporting program relief for providers, including data submission relief for both home health and hospice providers. For both home health and hospice there are some data that do not need to be submitted, as follows: Deadlines for October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (Q4)…

Community-based Care Providers Need Priority for Protective Equipment

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a coalition of groups devoted to promoting home-and-community-based care have written to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), asking for priority status in accessing personal protective equipment (PPE) to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing to treat patients in their…

New NAHC Webinar: COVID-19 Response for Hospice Inpatient Units

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new webinar, How Hospice Inpatient Units are Preparing and Responding to the Threat of COVID-19:  A Community Conversation, on Friday, March 27 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. This webinar is free to all, but registration is required. REGISTER NOW! Hospices are facing tremendous challenges…

CMS Addresses Survey Suspension, Survey Priorities and Access to Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a memo outlining the suspension of some survey activities and current survey priorities. CMS is prioritizing and suspending certain federal and state survey agency (SSA) surveys, and delaying revisit surveys beginning March 20, 2020 for all certified provider and supplier types. Standard surveys for home health agencies…

NAHC Files Comments to Dept. of Labor on if Home Care Workers Eligible for Leave

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) argued on Monday, March 23, in comments to the Department of Labor that nurses, therapists, home health and home care aides, and other personal care attendants be classified as “health care providers” and, thus, not “eligible employees” and subject to exclusion in the Emergency Family and…

COVID-19 Congressional Action Update for March 23, 2020

Please check your inbox for COVID-19 Crisis Update, the new daily NAHC newsletter devoted to giving you a quick look at the most important coronavirus news affecting home care and hospice. It goes out free to all NAHC Report subscribers, starting Monday, March 23.  Over the weekend, the Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a…

Must-See Webinar: Home Care & Hospice COVID-19 Town Hall

Please check your inbox for COVID-19 Crisis Update, the new daily NAHC newsletter devoted to giving you a quick look at the most important coronavirus news affecting home care and hospice. It goes out free to all NAHC Report subscribers, starting Monday, March 23.  The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will host…