Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series Concludes with Lessons on Communications and Training

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants are presenting a critical new four-part webinar series on how to prepare your agency for the new 2019 interpretive guidelines in emergency preparedness. The series will be led by a nationally-recognized expert on emergency preparedness for home health and hospice, Barbara B.…

A New Webinar Series You Cannot Afford to Miss: The New 2019 Emergency Preparedness Guidelines

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants are presenting a critical new four-part webinar series on how to prepare your agency for the new 2019 interpretive guidelines in emergency preparedness. The series will be led by a nationally-recognized expert on emergency preparedness for home health and hospice,…

Updates to Emergency Preparedness Requirements

The CMS Quality, Safety and Oversight Group (QSO) recently released a memo to state survey agency directors, Emergency Preparedness- Updates to Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM), notifying them that  emerging infectious diseases have been added to the definition of all-hazards approach, and there are new Home Health Agency (HHA) citations and clarifications…

Your Help Needed with Emergency Prep Feedback

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is giving you the opportunity to provide feedback on Emergency Preparedness and Response and NAHC is urging its members to consider participating by taking a quick, voluntary, and anonymous online survey. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center,…

NAHC Seeks Hospice Input on Impact of CMS Regulatory Relief Proposals

As reported in NAHC Report on September 18, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed changes designed to reduce regulatory burdens for hospice providers.  NAHC and its affiliate, the Hospice Association of America (HAA), are preparing comments on the proposed changes and would like your feedback. We have developed an online…

CMS Administrator Touts Red Tape Relief Efforts at Public Release of Proposed Regulatory Reforms (Part 1)

Please see Part 2 of this article, which focuses more on home health issues. –Long-awaited Release Contains Hospice CoP and Emergency Preparedness Revisions On Monday, September 17, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma held a public event at a hospital in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area  to roll out a long-awaited…