NAHC, Big Health Care Orgs Urge Congress to Extend Relief from 2% Sequester Spending Cuts

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), as well as the American Hospital Association, the American Health Care Association, and the American Medical Association have written to top congressional leaders, urging them to extend the congressionally enacted moratorium on the application of the Medicare sequester cuts into 2021 and through the duration of…

Members of Congress ask CMS to Eliminate Behavioral Rate Cut in PDGM

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)  have sent two separate letters to Administrator Seema Verma, asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider eliminating the behavioral assumption rate cut currently included in the Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM).  As part of the PDGM payment model, CMS included a 4.36…

NAHC Supports Waiver of Electronic Prescribing Requirements for Part D-covered Controlled Substances Prescribed for Hospice Patients

The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act), enacted in 2018 to help combat the nation’s opioid epidemic, includes a requirement that prescriptions for controlled substances covered under Medicare Part D drug plans be electronically transmitted by a health care practitioner in accordance with an electronic…

CMS Part D and Hospice Election Data Pilot Set to Begin

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a pilot study to test hospice electronic medical records (EMR) vendors and Medicare Part D plans to determine if hospice election information can be transmitted in a more timely fashion from hospice providers through their EMR vendor and an intermediary directly to the patient’s Part D…

NAHC Attends COVID-19 Testing Briefing at the White House

Administration recognizes NAHC for helping secure testing for home care and hospice Scroll through to the end of the story for more photos from the press conference President Donald J. Trump announced at a Monday press conference in the Rose Garden that his administrtion plans to distribute 150 million accurate and rapid COVID-19 tests to…

COVID-19 Nursing Home Commission Issues Final Recommendations; Addresses Issues Relevant to Hospice Care in Facilities

In response to the ongoing and widespread impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) on nursing home residents throughout the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) authorized creation of an independent National Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes to address safety and quality in nursing homes in relation to…

Feds to Ship 150 Million Fast COVID Tests to Care Facilities

NAHC working to ensure home care gets tests The federal government has contracted with Abbott Laboratories to send 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to assisted living facilities and other care providers in the very near future. Assisted living facilities will be followed by senior day care centers and home health agencies in getting the tests,…

NAHC to CMS: Roll Back 2020 Rate Adjustment Based on Faulty Prediction of HHA Behavior

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to roll back the 2020 rate adjustment CMS instituted based on a prediction of how home health agencies (HHA) would behave that has not materialized. That recommendation, and several more, are part of NAHC’s formal comments to…

CMS Makes Changes to the Review Choice Demonstration

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a phased-in approach for the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for North Carolina and Florida. Both of these states were set to have RCD begin at the end of this month (See previous NAHC Report coverage here and here.)  CMS also posted a change to the…

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate to Include HCBS in COVID-19 Relief Legislation!

On Tuesday August 4th TAKE ACTION! Tell the U.S. Senate to Include Home and Community Based Services in COVID-19 Relief Bills! #WeAreEssential Now, more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based care and community services (HBCS) have come to the forefront as a way to keep those at the highest risk for the virus at home while receiving the care they need under the watchful eye of…