CMS Issues Part One of MA Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule: Contract Year 2021 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Program, Medicare Prescription Benefit Program, and Medicare Cost Plan Program. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to give the MA plans adequate time to implement the changes, CMS is issuing the…

New Bill Would Permit Verbal Physician Order for Medicare Home Health during Emergency

NAHC supports effort to improve access to home health and stop virus transmission Support this bill with just a few clicks of your mouse. GO HERE! New legislation introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, May 22, would allow for verbal physician orders in lieu of signed and dated orders and certification for…

HHS Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release on Friday, May 22, extending the timeline for acceptance of Provider Relief Fund terms and conditions an additional 45 days. This announcement means providers have now been granted 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or…

COVID-19 Town Hall Webinar Today Focuses on Private Duty

REGISTER NOW! Each week, NAHC brings you our Home Care & Hospice Virtual Town Hall Series, to provide you and your staff with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 from home care and hospice leaders who have been on the front lines of this pandemic. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from those who have been…

Hospice in the Time of COVID-19: Findings from the NAHC National Survey

Strong majorities of hospices in the United States that responded to a survey by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) have admitted COVID-19-positive patients on to service, but also anticipate a decrease in annual revenues in 2020. Hospices from nearly every U.S. state and territory, including several multi-state providers, provided valuable insights…

Senator: Bill to Reimburse Home Health for Telehealth Services Is Coming

A Senate Special Committee on Aging on Thursday, May 21, heard from multiple witnesses testifying to the need for more telemedicine, particularly in the home health setting, prompting committee chair Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to say “I plan to introduce a bill soon to create a framework to reimburse for telehealth services provided by home health…

NAHC Supports the COVID-19 Emergency Manufacturing Act

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is in full support of the COVID-19 Emergency Manufacturing Act, a bicameral bill introduced by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill) in the House of Representatives, to authorize the federal government to manufacture medical products, including by contracting with existing manufacturers, to…

HEROES Act Passes the House, Addresses Many Pandemic-Related Concerns

On Friday, May 15th, the House of Representatives approved the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a piece of legislation designed to provide additional relief in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, enactment of the HEROES Act would result in an expenditure of an additional $3 trillion for further pandemic…

Don’t Miss Special Covid-19 Town Hall Policy Update

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a special edition of our Covid-19 Town Hall webinar series on May 20, 2020, that will cover all the relevant legislative and regulatory actions and issues pertaining to coronavirus and home care and hospice. This webinar will air in the usual spot for the…

NAHC Urges Permanent Medicare Flexibilities  for Use of Technology in Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish permanent flexibilities allowing hospices to utilize telecommunications to deliver multi-disciplinary, patient-centered care, and to ensure that such services can be recorded and monitored for their impact on quality of care. In a letter to…