NAHC Tells Congress to Reject Deep Cuts to Health Care Spending

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded health care organizations in urging the United States Senate to reject the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, legislation that could result in deep spending cuts to health care programs that are vital to the well-being of hundreds of millions of…

MedPAC Staff Recommend 7 Percent Cut in Medicare Payment to Home Health Providers

On December 5, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) convened for a session titled Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments: Home Health Care. This is an annual process where the commission receives a presentation evaluating payment adequacy for services rendered, as well as a report on patient access to home health services, and quality of…

Home Health Spending Hits a New High, Growth Robust

Home health spending in the United exceeded $102 billion in 2018, a new high, according to the Office of the Actuary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in figures published yesterday in Health Affairs. Total U.S. health care spending was approximately $3.65 trillion in 2018. That means home health care spending accounted…

CMS Issues Urgent Request for Home Health Agencies to Register in Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a special edition MLN Matters® article to remind home health agencies (HHAs) on the necessity to onboard to the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) by establishing a Healthcare Quality Information System Access, Roles, and Profile System (HARP) account and selecting an iQIES role.…

What to Do if a Patient’s MBI Number Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent out a brief update on the new Medicare cards that were shipped out to all beneficiaries from April 2018 to April 2019. Medicare beneficiaries or their authorized representatives can ask to change their Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs); for example, if the MBI is compromised. CMS can…

Attention Billers: Medicare Secondary Payer Problem With HETS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are aware of a problem with the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) data received from the Common Working File (CWF).  The MACs’ eligibility systems/portals that receive MSP data from HETS may be affected by this issue. Due…

What the 2020 Medicare Home Health Final Rule Means

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice held a free-to-all webinar on Wednesday, November 5, 2019, to discuss the 2020 Medicare Home Health Final Rule and answer any questions. If you missed the webinar and would like to view the recording, please GO HERE. On October 31, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

New Bill to Ease Medicare Restrictions on Telehealth Introduced in Congress

New legislation introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday would make several important changes to the application of telehealth in the Medicare program. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) engaged directly with Congress on the development of this legislation and joined over 120 organizations in endorsing its introduction.…

CMS Pushes Effort to Curb Medicare Fraud

CMS wants stakeholder input on how best to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a new five-part campaign to deter and punish waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program, CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote in a blog post earlier this week. “Medicare’s transformation…

CMS Advises on Sharing Medicare Beneficiary Identifier when Referring Patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent out a brief update on the new Medicare cards that were shipped out to all beneficiaries from April 2018 to April 2019. You can find the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) on the remittance advice of a prior claim or from your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s portal (get access if…