NAHC and CellTrak Team Up to offer Scholarships to Direct Care Workers

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and CellTrak, a leading industry provider of mobile point of care communication and compliance, announced today a joint scholarship program for direct care workers. In our current context of health human resource shortage and in particular shortage of home care aides across the country, this scholarship…

Wages for Home Care Aides Rose Faster than for RNs in 2019

Get the most up-to-date info on salaries, bonuses, hourly & visit rates for 57 jobs and a lot more! Home care aides received a larger wage increase than registered nurses (RN) this year, according to the 2019-2020 Home Care Salary & Benefits Report, the 29th edition of the report. The report has just been released…

White House Proclamation on Immigrants Could Limit Home Care Workforce

On Friday, October 4th, President Trump issued a Proclamation outlining new guidance for the handling of immigrant visa applications. Starting November 3, 2019 the new requirement will mandate that immigrant visa applications be rejected if the government determines the immigrant in question will not be able to afford health insurance or cover the cost of their…

NAHC Honors Home Care Legend Mary Suther

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) honored one of its founding members on Monday, October 14, presenting home care legend Mary Suther with the Val J. Halamandaris Award for Caring, Innovation, and Inspiration, at the Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Suther, who has been a familiar…

Movement to HETS as Sole Source for Eligibility Queries on Horizon

CWF: 3rd and later hospice benefit periods not calculating correctly In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken steps to transition providers away from direct queries to the Common Working File (CWF) and toward the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) as the single source for beneficiary eligibility transactions.  Earlier this…

11th Circuit Rules in Closely Watched Hospice False Claims Act Case

Conflict in Clinical Judgment on Terminal Illness Does Not Constitute False Claim Recently the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued findings in a closely-watched whistleblower case from Alabama (United States of America versus AseraCare, Inc.) initially brought in 2008 that was vigorously pursued by the Department of Justice under the federal…

Help Wanted: Nurse Procedure Writers

Have you written clinical policies and procedures in the past?  Do you like doing the research and developing a detailed roadmap for someone to complete a task? Then we have a job that fits you perfectly! NAHC has entered a collaboration agreement with Wolter Kluwer, the owner of Lippincott, to provide clinical expertise developing home…

NAHC Calls for Important Changes to 2020 Home Health Proposed Rule

Important insights on how CMS should alter the rule to enhance access to home health The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments on the 2020 home health prospective payment system rate update proposed rule. The proposed rule was issued on July 11, and includes a number of provisions, most notably, the…

Please take this Brief Survey on Home Care

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA-NYS), is partnering with a patient advocacy organization on brief survey around patient care. This survey should take less than 10 minutes of your time.  Your participation helps gain an understanding of the  direct care workers and their supervisors. The…

Please take this Brief Survey on Home Care

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA-NYS), is partnering with a patient advocacy organization on brief survey around patient care.   This survey should take less than 10 minutes of your time.  Your participation helps gain an understanding of the  direct care workers and their supervisors.…