CMS Releases Interim Final Rule for COVID-19 Vaccine & Treatment, and CARES Act Provisions

Late in the day on Wednesday, October 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (IFC) primarily addressing COVID-19 vaccine coverage. The provisions of the IFC are effective immediately on the date of posting in the Federal Register or as otherwise specified in the rule. The…

Interim Final Rule for Nursing Homes Impacts Hospices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim file rule with comment period (IFC) which includes pertinent regulatory revisions for long term care (LTC) facilities in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).  Specifically, facilities are required to test residents and staff — including individuals providing services under arrangement and volunteers…

NAHC Urges Important Changes to CMS’ Interim Final Rule

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend the 2020 PY for the Home Health Value-Based Purchsing Model, in comments to CMS in response to the Interim Final Rule, first released on April 30, 2020. The NAHC July 7 letter to CMS…

NAHC Comments on CMS’ Interim Final Rule in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Association or Home Care & Hospice submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule with Comments (IFC) issued March 30, 2020 in response to the COVID -19 pandemic. Below is a summary issues and recommendations related to home health agencies (HHA) and hospice. HOME HEALTH Homebound Status Under…