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…

PDGM Fight Proves the Power of Home Health & Hospice Advocates

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included a pre-emptive reduction in the base payment rate of 8.01 percent in the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) of the CY 2020 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) sprang into action, leading a nationwide education…

NAHC Submits Recommendations for Improved Care to Rural, Underserved to Congress

In mid-November, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input to inform the Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force as it works to develop bipartisan legislation to improve health care outcomes within underserved communities.  The RFI includes 10 questions designed to elicit recommendations…

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2020 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staff of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), National Medicaid Action Council, and the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative…

NAHC Annual Conference Kicked Off New Focus on Home Care and Hospice Advocacy

The 2019 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo in Seattle, Washington last month marked the kickoff of our grassroots advocacy efforts; strategically developed and designed to create an “army” of educated, empowered, and effective advocates working in unison to support the home health care and hospice communities. Attendees at the conference participated in a…

November is Home Health and Hospice Month, So Let’s Fight For It

November marks Home Care and Hospice month; a time dedicated to celebrating those unsung heroes who tirelessly provide care and services to the most vulnerable patients and families across the nation. These individuals are the heart and soul of our communities. They choose to dedicate their lives to this special part of the healthcare industry;…

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…

Can’t-Miss NAHC Webinar on Medicare Home Health Final Rule for 2020

Release of the final rule is one of the most important events of the year in home health and on October 31, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2020 Medicare Home Health Final Rule. It is critical that you and your staff understand what the final rule means for your…

Watch this Interview about the Importance of Grassroots Advocacy for Home Care and Hospice

Emilie Bartolucci, Director of Grassroots Advocacy of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice spoke to Forcura as part of their NAHC Influencers Series of interviews at the 2019 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo in Seattle earlier this month. Watch the video and listen to Emilie disucss the importance of grassroots advocacy…