CMS Development of “Serious Illness” Care Model Continues to Advance

Medicare coverage addresses a wide variety of preventive, acute and rehabilitative health care needs and also offers a comprehensive means for serving patients with terminal illness through the hospice benefit.  However, gaps remain relative to effectively treating beneficiaries with serious chronic or advanced illness.  Many believe that the key to successfully treating these beneficiaries is…

Lead the Future of Home Care and Hospice: Serve on NAHC Committees, Advisory Councils for 2019

NOTE: All applications due by Friday, January 11, 2019! In February 2019, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will select members to serve on committees and advisory councils for 2019. Committee appointments are for one year, subject to reappointment from year to year. Advisory Council terms vary depending on each Council’s guidelines.…

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2019 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staffs of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the National Medicaid Action Council, and the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC,…

Lead the Future of Home Care and Hospice: Serve on NAHC Committees, Advisory Councils for 2019

In February 2019, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will select members to serve on committees and advisory councils for 2019. Committee appointments are for one year, subject to reappointment from year to year. Advisory Council terms vary depending on each Council’s guidelines. Members interested in serving should complete and return the…

NAHC Became a Stronger, Better Advocate for You in 2018. In 2019 We Will Be Even Better

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice re-dedicated itself in 2018 to being the best possible advocate and trade association for you. Our strategic restructuring, an unsparing and top-to-bottom assessment of every part of the organization, has left us leaner and better and that’s good news for everyone in home care and hospice because…

Lead the Future of Home Care and Hospice: Serve on NAHC Committees, Advisory Councils for 2019

In February 2019, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will select members to serve on committees and advisory councils for 2019. Committee appointments are for one year, subject to reappointment from year to year. Advisory Council terms vary depending on each Council’s guidelines. Members interested in serving should complete and return the…

Improper Payment Rates Fall for Home Health and Hospice Providers

Improper payments to home health providers fell by almost 15 percent and to hospices by three percent, according to the 2018 Medicare Fee-for-Service Improper Payment Data report. As NAHC has stated previously, these sharp reductions in improper payments demonstrates that Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plan to initiate the Review Choice Demonstration is…

The Home Care Legacy of George H.W. Bush That Will Live Forever

Today, Wednesday, December 5, 2018, is a national day of mourning for the recent passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States of America. Justly glowing tributes to the late president’s accomplishments have been common in recent days, with most focusing on his adroit handling of the end of the Cold…

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2019 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staffs of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the National Medicaid Action Council, and the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC,…

Using Machines to Detect Medicare Fraud

In a development that could have significant impact across the health care spectrum, researchers at Florida Atlantic University are using a form of advanced pattern matching to teach “machines” to detect Medicare fraud, according to a new study in Health Information Science and Systems. Currently, human beings investigate and audit Medicare claims to find certain…