MedPAC Considers Hospice, Home Health Payment Changes for 2020

On Friday, December 7th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) convened for presentations and discussion regarding the Medicare hospice and home health benefits. In both sessions, the commission was presented information on current payment adequacy based on data from years past and suggestions from MedPAC staff for recommendations the committee will make to Congress for…

Home Health Agencies May Continue to Provide Part B Infusion Therapy in 2019-20

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will permit home health agencies to continue to provide Part B infusion therapy during the transition period (2019 – 2020) for the new home infusion therapy benefit. The 21st Century Cures Act (Act) included a provision that called for the development of new home infusion therapy benefit…

Home Health and Hospice Quality Measures Under Consideration

As reported on November 30, 2018, the list of quality Measures Under Consideration (MUC) for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) were recently released.  There was a short window of time in which to make comments on the measures.  NAHC submitted its comments December 6, 2018,…

Improper Payment Rates Fall for Home Health and Hospice Providers

Improper payments to home health providers fell by almost 15 percent and to hospices by three percent, according to the 2018 Medicare Fee-for-Service Improper Payment Data report. As NAHC has stated previously, these sharp reductions in improper payments demonstrates that Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plan to initiate the Review Choice Demonstration is…

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2019 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staffs of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the National Medicaid Action Council, and the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC,…

CMS to Survey Home Health Agencies on Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Paperwork Reduction Act notice in the Federal Register on November 15, 2018 announcing its plans for a Home Health National Provider Survey. The survey is part of a requirement that CMS every three years assess and report the quality and efficiency effects of the use…

Home Health Market Saturation Falls in Moratorium States, Jumps Elsewhere

The number of home health care users fell in all four moratorium states – Texas, Michigan, Illinois, and Florida – but jumped sharply elsewhere, often in the west and in more rural states, from October 2016 to October 2017. The reduction in home health users in the moratorium states varied from a 10.6 percent drop…

Many Seniors Who Need Home Care Are Not Getting It

“Most homebound seniors have not received medical care at home,” says Nengliang “Aaron” Yao, a researcher at the University Of Virginia Department Of Public Health Sciences, who led a team that found that “more medical house call programs are needed.” The University of Virginia study found that a very large number of seniors who need…

What Do the 2018 Midterm Elections Mean for Home Care and Hospice?

The mid-term election dust has yet to fully settle, with a number of races still not final. Still, the results so far provide some guidance as to what the election may mean for home care and hospice. To start with, the transfer of power to Democrats in the House of Representatives and the strengthening of…

The Best Gets Better — Home Care and Hospice Expert Joins NAHC

Members gain additional resource for regulatory, operational guidance at a moment’s notice The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is delighted to announce it has hired industry expert Katie Wehri, a nationally-recognized authority on hospice, home health, private duty, and palliative care. “As part of the NAHC 2.0 strategic planning, members expressed their…