NAHC Hospice Election Statement & Addendum Survey

Take this important survey now! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Quality Reporting Update (final rule) an implementation date of October 1, 2020 for the modified election statement and election statement addendum requirements. NAHC and other stakeholders have…

CMS to States: Resume Routine On-site Surveys and Address Backlogged Enforcement Cases

During March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took steps to focus survey efforts toward infection control and complaints that alleged immediate jeopardy (IJ) to patient/resident health and safety, and to limit revisit surveys to those necessary to verify removal of previously identified IJ…

Medical Review Resumes This Month

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will resume medical revnew this month after originally delaying the program during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). (NAHC Report originally reported this news on July 9.) On March 30, CMS suspended most Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) medical review because of the COVID-19 pandemic and, seemingly, for the…

Florida Reps Urge CMS to Delay Review Choice Demonstration in Florida

A trio of Representatives from Florida have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concerns with the decision to move forward with the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program in Florida. In March, due to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic, CMS announced that the RCD program would be paused from expansion…

UPDATED: OIG COVID-19 Resources and FAQs

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has a COVID-19 Portal covering various COVID-19 topics. Among them is a set of FAQs that is updated periodically. There are no home health or hospice specific FAQs currently posted; however, there are FAQs on topics that may be of interest…

HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers, Will Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an application deadline extension for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers, as part of an effort to provide financial relief to health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. HHS also plans to allow…

Office of Civil Rights Issues Guidance on Prohibiting Discrimination During COVID-19

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on July 20, issued guidance to ensure that recipients of federal financial assistance understand that they must comply with applicable federal civil rights laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in…

ABN Use Delayed, Home Health PEPPER Webcast

Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN)¬†Use Delayed Due to COVID-19 concerns, CMS is going to expand the deadline for use of the renewed ABN, Form CMS-R-131 (exp. 6/30/2023). At this time, the renewed ABN will be mandatory for use on 1/1/2021. The renewed form may be implemented prior to the mandatory deadline. The ABN form…

Senators Introduce Hospice Respite Relief Legislation to Ease Access during Pandemic

On August 4, 2020, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W) introduced the COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act of 2020 (S. 4423), designed to establish additional flexibilities related to delivery of respite care services during public health emergencies (PHEs) such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the legislation provides the Secretary of…

Home Care & Hospice COVID-19 Town Hall with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will present a new Home Care & Hospice Town Hall to discuss the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and how providers and practitioners can best respond to the challenges of the public health emergency and prepare for the post-COVID health care landscape. This webinar will take…