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…

FMC 2020 Opens with Washington Update: “Home Care Has Really Shined”

The education portion of the 2020 Financial Management Conference (FMC) began today, with Bill Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Executive Director of the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) delivering his traditional policy-oriented Washington Update, in a very un-traditional manner. As you know by now,…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy, Week 6: Kindness, Community, and Caring Through Advocacy

Last summer many of us would have been taking vacations, spending time with family and friends at the beach, enjoyed backyard barbeques and late night marshmallow roasts. This year, things might look a little different. We try to #stayhometostaysafe. We wear masks to protect one another. We limit our public interactions outside of our accepted…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy, Week 5: Postcards for Home Care

As we are all #stayinghometostaysafe and working to socially distance ourselves from one another to protect our loved ones and some of the most vulnerable. I find myself enthralled each day when the mailman comes down the street in his boxlike, white, truck; what will be in the mail? Is there a package? A letter?…

NAHC Conveys Hospice Concerns to National Nursing Home Commission

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the independent National Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (the Commission) to ensure that residents of nursing homes have access to hospice care, whether in the form of safe, in-person visits or by telehealth communication. In response to the ongoing and widespread…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy, Week 4: Letters to the Editor

Welcome to Week 4 of the Summer Backyard Advocacy Campaign!  This year, NAHC is encouraging advocates for the home care and hospice communities to write letters to the editor of your local news publications. What is a Letter to the Editor?  When you feel strongly about an issue or a piece of legislation and you…

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…