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…

NAHC Receives Clarification on CARES Act Distributions, Potential Fund Takebacks

NAHC has become aware of concerns about a “take-back” of monies related to the Emergency Fund distribution that occurred on April 10 and April 17, with the second distribution that began on April 24. The amount distributed in the first round turned out to be greater than the calculated amount set out in the second round…

NAHC: Include Medicaid HCBS Providers in COVID Relief Funds

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care have written to Secretary Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ask the Department to include Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) providers in the next round of funding from the Public Health and Social…

OIG Proposes CMPs Related to Grants, Contracts, and Info Blocking

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a proposed rule to incorporate new authorities for civil monetary penalties (CMPs), assessments, and exclusions related to HHS grants, contracts, other agreements; new CMP authorities for information blocking; and increase the maximum penalties for certain CMP violations The Centers for…

HHS Begins Release of Additional Funds to Providers

The Department of Health & Human Services has begun releasing additional funds to health care providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act legislation provides relief to American families, workers, and the healthcare providers on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak. Among its provisions, the Act appropriated $100 billion for distribution to health care…

NAHC to HHS: Do More to Help People Sign Up for Medicare

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) has joined with 75 other groups in sending a letter to Alex Azar, the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging the Department to help people sign up for Medicare coverage amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. With all Social Security Administration offices closing…

NAHC Asks CMS/HHS for Reg Flexibility to Fight COVID-19

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has made a series of requests to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for regulatory action designed to enable home health and hospice to fulfill its potential as the health care setting most suited to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 while…

CMS Issues Regulatory Waivers in Response to COVID-19

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On January 31, 2020, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared a national public heath emergency. These  two declaration  permit the  Secretary of HHS to invoke the 1135 waiver authority for  certain federal  regulations  in order…

Congress Passes Coronavirus Funding Bill

Telehealth waivers passed, but do not apply to home health or hospice In response to spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, Congress passed an $8.3 billion supplemental appropriations package designed to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. This new federal spending that will largely be directed to the Department of Health and Human Services…

President’s Budget Reinforces Goal of Unified Post-Acute Payment System, Takes Aim at Hospice in Nursing Homes

On Monday, February 10, 2020, a general outline of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget was submitted to Congress. The FY2021 budget proposes to reduce spending on programs administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years, including $500 billion from Medicare and $920 billion…