Continuing Resolution in Congress is a “Mixed Bag” for Home Health

Late last night, the House of Representatives released legislative language for another short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the federal government until March 23, 2018. Included in this CR is the Medicare Extenders Package, home health payment reforms, documentation reforms for the physician certification requirements, a Home Health Market basket Index (inflation) adjustment, and a…

Predictions for Legislation and Regulation in 2018

The year 2018 projects to be an interesting one in the halls of the United States Congress. As the majority party in both chambers, Republicans will continue to work to carry our President Trumps agenda, including a broad infrastructure plan, immigration reform, and border security. Lawmakers will also work towards passing a budget resolution funding…

Where Home Health and Hospice Legislation Stands at the Start of 2018

The 2017 congressional calendar ended with such a bewildering flurry of proposed, rumored and even successfully passed legislation, it would be easy to overlook, or struggle to remember, everything that happened. In preparing for quickly approaching legislative battles, NAHC Report provides you with this quick review of where we stand legislatively at the dawn of…

Congress Eyes “Early Discharge” to Hospice Policy as Part of Extenders Package

On a routine basis, Congress must act on legislation to address expiring Medicare provisions or risk expiration of those policies; among these “extender” provisions is the home health rural add-on, which is currently set to sunset at the end of December.  While the broad outlines of an extenders package that includes a five-year extension of…

House Committee Proposes Extension of Rural Add-on, Payment Modifications

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today announced a bipartisan agreement relating to Medicare “extenders,” policies that expire unless Congress acts. Today’s Ways and Means announcement includes both the extension of current policies as well as proposed offsets. For home health care, this agreement includes a…