Future of Telehealth Expansion Debated in Congress

During an April 28 hearing of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Health earlier this week, numerous lawmakers from both sides of the aisle highlighted the value Medicare telehealth flexibilities have provided during the pandemic, especially their impact on the ability to receive care in the home, and expressed interest in supporting policies to expand…

Temporary Claims Hold Pending Congressional Action to Extend 2% Sequester Reduction Suspension

In anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the two percent sequester reduction suspension, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period without affecting providers’ cash flow. This will minimize the…

Congress Approves Extension of Medicare Sequestration Moratorium

NAHC advocacy helps prevent deep reimbursement rate cuts The House of Representatives and Senate have separately taken action to provide further suspension of the Medicare Sequester. While similar in intent, the two bodies took different approaches to the policy. The House took first action in approving H.R. 1868. The Senate followed up with an amendment…

Act Now to Extend Moratorium of Sequestration Cuts to Medicare!

SEND A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS RIGHT NOW! TIME IS CRITICAL — PLEASE ACT RIGHT NOW! On March 31, 2021 the suspension of the 2% Medicare sequestration will expire. That means rates of payments will go down 2% beginning April 1. Congress is actively considering legislation that will extend the sequestration suspension. Home health and hospice is…

House Approves Hospice Survey Reforms to Increase Survey Frequency, Expand Remedies

On December 8, as part of the year-end legislative push, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification Act of 2019 (BENES Act) to address negative findings by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding survey performance by Medicare-certified hospice providers. The BENES Act incorporates the…

House of Reps Votes to Fund Key Home Care and Hospice Programs

The House of Representatives completed their work on Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), allocating $96 billion to HHS for FY21. This funding is separate from the Medicare and Medicaid programs as those are considered mandatory spending and not subject to the annual appropriations process. Following is a summary…

House Approps Cmte Approves New Funding for Home Care Services

The House of Representatives’ Appropriations Commttee approved $96 billion in discretionary federal spending for fiscal year 2021, including key funds for home and community-based services, family caregiving, and respite care. The approved funds relevant to care in the home include: Home and Community Based Services: $400 million ($10 million increase from FY2020) – This program…

New Bill Would Permit Verbal Physician Order for Medicare Home Health during Emergency

NAHC supports effort to improve access to home health and stop virus transmission Support this bill with just a few clicks of your mouse. GO HERE! New legislation introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, May 22, would allow for verbal physician orders in lieu of signed and dated orders and certification for…

HEROES Act Passes the House, Addresses Many Pandemic-Related Concerns

On Friday, May 15th, the House of Representatives approved the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a piece of legislation designed to provide additional relief in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, enactment of the HEROES Act would result in an expenditure of an additional $3 trillion for further pandemic…

Home Care Stalwarts Casey, Dingell Introduce Bill to Protect Seniors, Disabled, Caregivers from Coronavirus

NAHC supports this legislation to protect home care workers and allow seniors to receive care in the home. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the ranking member on the Senate Select Committee on Aging, and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced legislation in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives to protect senior citizens, the…