Hospice Survey Process Revised

The long-awaited revised hospice survey process is now available via a recent Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO) Group memo, QSO-23-08-HOSPICE. The memo updates Appendix M of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) State Operations Manual which lays out the hospice survey process and the interpretive guidelines surveyors use to assess a hospice’s compliance…

CMS Proposes Electronic Standards for Clinical, Admin Data

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule titled Administrative Simplification: Adoption of Standards for Health Care Attachments Transactions and Electronic Signatures, and Modification to Referral Certification and Authorization Transaction Standard The rule would adopt a set of standards for the electronic exchange of clinical and administrative data to support…

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended Again

The Biden administration has renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) that has been in effect since January 27, 2020 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on January 11, 2023: As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  pandemic, on…

NAHC Submits Comments on National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Community Living (ACL) released the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers.  The strategy is intended to serve as a national roadmap for better recognizing and supporting family and kinship caregivers of all ages, backgrounds, and caregiving situations. ALC opened the strategy for public comments,…

NQF Releases its Measures Under Consideration List

  The National Quality Forum (NQF) has issued its review of performance quality measures under consideration for use in federal healthcare programs affecting more than 64 million Americans. The review is part of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership that has been convened annually by NQF since 2011 and is funded by the…

Admin Announces New $350 Million Initiative to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced a new $350 million initiative for HRSA-supported health centers to increase COVID-19 vaccines in their communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations. This funding will support health centers administering updated COVID-19 vaccines through mobile, drive-up, walk-up,…

22 States Urge Biden Admin to Repeal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

A group of 22 states is asking the Biden administration to withdraw the mandate requiring health care workers in any Medicare and Medicaid-funded facilities be vaccinated against COVID-19. The 39-page petition from the group, led by Austin Knudsen, the Attorney General of Montana, asks the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the…

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Will Not End in January 2023

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) did not provide states and health care providers with 60-day notice of the termination of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) last Friday, meaning it will not end in mid-January 2023. The most recent externsion of the PHE occurred on October 13, 2022. The PHE dates from…

Call with Surgeon General: Increasing Bivalent Vax of Elderly & Disabled

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs and the Administration for Community Living invite you to join a webinar with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and other subject matter experts on how we can work together to accelerate vaccination of people with disabilities, older adults, and others who are…

HHS Issues a RFI to Implement Advanced Explanation of Benefits

Respond to the HHS Request for Information HERE Recognizing the complex issues involved in developing regulations to implement the Advanced Explanation of Benefits AEOB, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is requesting information from the public on a range of issues to better inform future rulemaking. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), which…