Federal Short-Term Spending Measure Contains Good News for Home Care & Hospice

On Wednesday September 30, the United States Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR), a short-term funding measure, averting a shutdown and providing government funding into December, and several provisions in the CR are helpful for home care and hospice. Key among these is relaxations on how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is to…

CMS Announces New Federal Funding to Support Transition from Nursing Homes to Community

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Wednesday, September 23, the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs in 33 states. This funding will help state Medicaid programs jump-start efforts to transition individuals with disabilities and older adults from…

CMS Seeks Input on Quality Measures for HCBS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for Information(IRFI) seeking public input on a draft set of recommended quality measures for Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS). CMS and states have worked for decades to support the increased availability and provision of high quality HCBS for Medicaid beneficiaries. HCBS provide…

FY2021 Hospice Medicare and Medicaid Base Rates – At a Glance

Beginning October 1, 2020, hospice base payment rates will increase by 2.4 percent, as published in the final FY2021 Hospice Payment Rule.  As is customary, the Medicaid program waits until Medicare rates are finalized to issue guidance on the applicable corresponding hospice payment rates.  The Medicaid Financial Management Group recently issued a memorandum containing the…

New Dept of Labor Rule Leaves Home Care Unclear on Leave Exemption

On late Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a “Temporary Rule” in response to an August 3, 2020 decision of a federal court in New York that invalidated the department’s earlier rulemaking. While there remains a legal issue as to whether the court’s ruling is limited to New York, DOL chose to issue a…

HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers, Will Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an application deadline extension for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers, as part of an effort to provide financial relief to health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. HHS also plans to allow…

HHS Extended Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline for Medicaid and CHIP

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the deadline to submit an application for the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program  is August 3, 2020. The deadline was July 20 but HHS extended the it to August 3. HHS also recently announced that there will be a webcast…

NAHC to Senate: New COVID-19 Relief Must Include Medicaid Home Care Services

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a prestigious group of like-minded organizations urging the United States Senate to include Medicaid Home and Community Based Services in the next COVID-19 relief package. The letter, signed by NAHC and an amazing 251 other organizations, urges Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY),…

HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid, CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals

RELATED STORY: HHS Releases Another Provider Relief Fund FAQ The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 9, 2020, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the distribution of additional relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in…

NAHC to Senate: More Support for Medicaid and Home-Based Services

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice have joined several other organizations in urging Senate leaders to protect and bolster access to care and delivery systems that disabled and older Americans rely on. With the aging and disability communities facing unique risks of COVID-19 infection, additional resources and supports are necessary for their protection.…