HHS Issues Important Provider Relief Fund Clarifications

Since distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund began in April, there have been numerous issues that have arisen, and over recent weeks the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken steps to clarify a number of them. This article will highlight important guidance issued on June 2 related to the scope…

CMS Releases Revised Survey Guidance

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) re-prioritized and suspended certain federal and state survey agency (SSA) surveys, and delayed revisit surveys beginning March 20, 2020 for all certified provider and supplier types. In a memo posted June 1, 2020, CMS updated survey priorities. CMS’ announcement about the memo focuses on…

NAHC Comments on CMS’ Interim Final Rule in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Association or Home Care & Hospice submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule with Comments (IFC) issued March 30, 2020 in response to the COVID -19 pandemic. Below is a summary issues and recommendations related to home health agencies (HHA) and hospice. HOME HEALTH Homebound Status Under…

Webinar: How COVID-19 Has Sparked New Opportunities for Private Duty Care

The next edition of the Home Care & Hospice COVID-19 Town Hall webinar series continues Wednesday, June 3, with “How COVID-19 Has Sparked New Opportunities for Private Duty Care.” The webinar will air live from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern and will be recorded. Everyone who registers for this free event can access it…

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…