New Perk for NAHC Members: Legal & Regulatory Resources

Polsinelli Online Solutions for Home Care LLC Announces Referral Relationship with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Polsinelli Online Solutions for Home Care LLC (POSH), an online compliance platform that offers home-based care providers a source for industry-specific guidance and state-specific forms and documents, has entered into a referral relationship with the National…

NAHC/HHFMA Webinar Series: Medicare Advantage Landscape – Part 1

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT REGISTER Join HHFMA & save big on the entire webinar series! Learn more. Home Care providers are struggling with the impacts of shifting the Medicare-eligible population into Medicare Advantage Managed Care plans (MA Plans). Forward-looking providers are asking important questions, such as: What are the implications…

National Hospice Leaders Urge CMS and Congress to Advance Program Integrity in Hospice Care through Effective Oversight

The four national hospice provider organizations: the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), LeadingAge, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), provided the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and key Congressional stakeholders with recommended legislative and regulatory changes to strengthen hospice program integrity. The recent entry of…

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2023 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), and the National Medicaid Action Council — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming…

GAO Urges CMS to Update Hospice Rules for Reporting Abuse, Neglect

Hospices should be required to report every example of neglect or abuse, even if the offender is not an employee, according to recommendations in a new reort from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Currently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires hospices to report abuse and/or neglect of patients involving members of the…

The 2023 Growth Summit, with NAHC’s Kristen Wheeler

You might have heard: our friends at Home Care Pulse are hosting the third annual Growth Summit, February 15-16, 2023 —a two-day virtual conference with top experts in sharing their knowledge, experience, and advice, all available from where you are.

We’re excited to be a part of the event—in fact, our very own Kristen Wheeler, Executive Director of Private Duty Home Care at NAHC, will be discussing the latest updates on the legal issuse facing your organization. There will also be live Q+A sessions throughout the event so that you can get exactly the answers you need to help your business grow.

Here are some of the sessions to be excited for:

  • What’s Next for Home-Based Care Marketing in 2023
  • 2023 Benchmarking Report Sneak Peek
  • How to Foster a Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • The Latest on Legal Updates
  • How to Standardize Your Recruiting Process

Having the event online allows it to be priced much cheaper than other conferences so that more people can attend —
howeUse our exclusive NAHC discount for $50 off. You can view details about the event and get your tickets here:

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2023 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), and the National Medicaid Action Council — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming…

NAHC and CMA Announce New Hospice Resource for Consumers

Over 1.7 million Medicare beneficiaries receive hospice care1. It is one of many benefits available under Medicare and provided by approximately 5,000 Medicare-certified hospices. Each of these hospices must provide certain services and meet specific requirements. However, each can provide these services in different ways. Navigating the details can be confusing, leading to many questions…

NAHC and CMA Announce New Hospice Resource for Consumers

Over 1.7 million Medicare beneficiaries receive hospice care1. It is one of many benefits available under Medicare and provided by approximately 5,000 Medicare-certified hospices. Each of these hospices must provide certain services and meet specific requirements. However, each can provide these services in different ways. Navigating the details can be confusing, leading to many questions and misunderstandings. Making the decision to choose hospice care and choosing a hospice provider are two of the most important decisions anyone will make for themselves or a loved one. Finding a hospice that meets the needs of each patient may take some time.

To help beneficiaries sort through the details and learn about the hospice options available under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) and the National Association for Home & Hospice Care (NAHC) jointly developed “Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hospice.” These questions are intended to prompt discussion between beneficiaries and hospices so that patients fully understand coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and how these services are provided by the hospice they are considering.

“With a growing use of hospice care, it is essential that Medicare beneficiaries and their families are well-equipped to understand what it takes to choose the right hospice,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “We are proud to have the opportunity to team-up with the Center for Medicare Advocacy to contribute well-focused guidance on hospice care and provider options. There are few health care decisions that one may make that are more important than selecting a qualified hospice provider.”

“As patients face terminal illness, the decision to choose hospice care is complex, and often difficult. We hope this document will help patients and families understand Medicare hospice coverage, the benefit from receiving hospice care, and available provider options. The booklet includes questions and guidance we hope will be valuable in finding care people can rely on as they live with serious illness,” said Judith Stein, Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy. The “Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hospice” document is available on the CMA website and the NAHC website.

1MedPAC Report to the Congress (March 2022): https://www.medpac.gov/wpcontent/uploads/2022/03/Mar22_MedPAC_ReportToCongress_v3_SEC.pdf

Care at Home Champion Billy Tauzin Wins Val J. Halamandaris Award

At the 2022 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, NAHC presented the Val J. Halamandaris Award for Caring, Innovation, and Inspiration to former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) in recognition of his years of service to his constituents in Louisiana and to the millions of Americans who continue to benefit from the…