NAHC, Big Health Care Orgs Urge Congress to Extend Relief from 2% Sequester Spending Cuts

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), as well as the American Hospital Association, the American Health Care Association, and the American Medical Association have written to top congressional leaders, urging them to extend the congressionally enacted moratorium on the application of the Medicare sequester cuts into 2021 and through the duration of…

CMS Survey Data Illustrates Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries’ Daily Life and Experiences

On Friday, October 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data showing that 21 percent of Medicare beneficiaries report forgoing non-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) care due to the pandemic, and nearly all – 98 percent – of beneficiaries have taken preventative measures to keep themselves safe from the virus. According to the…

CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19

New recoupment terms allow providers and suppliers one additional year to start loan payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced amended terms for payments issued under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program as required by recent action by President Donald J. Trump and United States Congress. This Medicare loan program allows CMS…

CDC Updates “How COVID is Spread” Webpage

Yesterday, the Centers for Diseasse Control & Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC continues to believe, based on current science, that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a…

CMS Releases Clarifying Memo Regarding Emergency Preparedness Requirements

The Quality, Safety, and Oversight Group (QSOG) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released memo QSO-20-41-ALL Guidance related to the Emergency Preparedness Testing Exercise Requirements- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This memo provides guidance on meeting emergency preparedness testing requirements in light of many of the response activities associated with the COVID-19…

COVID-19 Tests Distributed to Home Health Agencies and Hospices

Those home health agencies and hospices set to receive some of the Abbott BinaxNOW tests for COVID19 should have received them the week of September 28.  As previously reported,  the federal government has contracted with Abbott Laboratories to send 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to assisted living facilities, senior day care centers, and home health…

Feds Announce $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will release $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, HHS announced on Thursday, October 1. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will…

Federal Short-Term Spending Measure Contains Good News for Home Care & Hospice

On Wednesday September 30, the United States Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR), a short-term funding measure, averting a shutdown and providing government funding into December, and several provisions in the CR are helpful for home care and hospice. Key among these is relaxations on how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is to…

New Webinar: Reduce COVID-Related Risks & Costs

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new webinar, Reduce COVID-Related Risk and Costs by Implementing Well-Facilitated Screening, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern. This webinar is free to all but registration is required. REGISTER NOW! There are many tactics required to combat the spread of COVID-19 and…

NAHC Attends COVID-19 Testing Briefing at the White House

Administration recognizes NAHC for helping secure testing for home care and hospice Scroll through to the end of the story for more photos from the press conference President Donald J. Trump announced at a Monday press conference in the Rose Garden that his administrtion plans to distribute 150 million accurate and rapid COVID-19 tests to…