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…

Training Opportunity: Navigating COVID-19: Supporting Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers

 Date/Time: Tuesday, June 23rd, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT The current COVID-19 public health emergency presents new and unique challenges for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD) as well as the family and friends providing care for them. Providers and health plans can play a key role in supporting individuals with ADRD and…

EEOC Issues Important Guidance on COVID-19 and Key Employment Laws

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance to employers on their rights and obligations and how they might have changed during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) believes this information will be extremely useful for home care and hospice organizations and we urge you to…

Webinar: Home Care Industry Policy Update

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new webinar on the latest legal, legislative, and regulatory developments impacting the home care industry, how they will affect your organization, and what you can do to position your agency for the future. The webinar will air live on Thursday, June 18, 2020…

CMS Provides Guidance for Hospices Serving Residents of Facilities

While there are undoubtedly new challenges that all providers have had to deal with during this Public Health Emergency (PHE), some hospices have dealt with exceptional challenges in serving residents of facilities (nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living, etc.). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided flexibilities related to telecommunications/telehealth options…

Help for Hospice and Home Care Nurses

The American Nurses Foundation is providing direct financial assistance to nurses through Nurses House, Inc., a nurse-managed, non-profit organization dedicated to helping registered nurses in need.  Nurses who are unable to work due to COVID-19 infection, are caring for a family member with the virus, or are under mandatory quarantine, can submit an application for a $1,000 assistance grant…

Webinar: COVID-19 Impact on Palliative Care and Hospice, Now and into the Future

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will present a new webinar in its COVID-19 Town Hall series, addressing the impact of the novel coronavirus on hospice and palliative care and what it means for the future. The webinar will air on Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Eastern. REGISTRATION IS…

HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid, CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals

RELATED STORY: HHS Releases Another Provider Relief Fund FAQ The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 9, 2020, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the distribution of additional relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in…

HHS Releases Another Provider Relief Fund FAQ

RELATED STORY: HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid, CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released another set of FAQs on the provider relief fund, which you can find HERE: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/faqs/index.html .  Within the FAQs is information about another distribution for hospitals in “High Impact” areas.…

CMS Modifies Innovations Models in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

On June 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to modify aspects of various innovations models being administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in response to COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).  As part of its announcement CMS issued a table containing specific model adjustments related to…