New NAHC National Survey: Home Health Care Severely Disrupted by COVID-19 Pandemic

A new national survey of home health agencies from early-to-mid June 2020 finds that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely disrupt the delivery of care and causing significant financial pressure that has eased only slightly since a similar survey was conducted in mid-April. The May/June survey contains important new information on the admission refusal rate…

NAHC Analysis of the CY 2021 Home Health Proposed Rule

CY 2021 Home Health Proposed Rule Addresses Payment Rates, Telehealth, Quality Program and Home Infusion Therapy   Late this afternoon the preview of the CY 2021 home health proposed rule, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2021 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements, was…

Hospice in the Time of COVID-19: Findings from the NAHC National Survey

Strong majorities of hospices in the United States that responded to a survey by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) have admitted COVID-19-positive patients on to service, but also anticipate a decrease in annual revenues in 2020. Hospices from nearly every U.S. state and territory, including several multi-state providers, provided valuable insights…

NAHC Receives Clarification on CARES Act Distributions, Potential Fund Takebacks

NAHC has become aware of concerns about a “take-back” of monies related to the Emergency Fund distribution that occurred on April 10 and April 17, with the second distribution that began on April 24. The amount distributed in the first round turned out to be greater than the calculated amount set out in the second round…

Exploring the Impact of the CARES Act on Home Health and Hospice

Special to NAHC Report by Annie Erstling, Chief Strategy Officer, Forcura With the signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act last month, $100 billion were earmarked for the U.S. health care industry. It sounds like a lot of money…but given the challenges of COVID-19 and all the health care entities sharing those…

National Study Shows Home Health Care in a Fragile State

A national survey of home health agencies (HHA) indicate the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the care delivery system, bringing significant financial pressures throughout the country. The impact is due to pandemic-triggered changes affecting services to the usual 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who receive care in the home as well as the new patient population…

Collaboration Amidst COVID Crisis Yields Recommended Comprehensive Operational Protocols Guide

Sometimes it takes a village. In this case, that village is over 22 providers, collaborating and contributing their knowledge and expertise to create a comprehensive, Recommended Operational Protocols Guide to assist home care providers of all types and sizes in their response to the COVID-19 crisis. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)…

COVID-19 Report: Home Health Ready to Offer Relief to Inundated Hospitals, Provide Alternative Care Setting

As hospitals nationwide continue to struggle with unprecedented demand for critical services related to the COVID-19 pandemic, home healthcare providers are well prepared to help alleviate the growing strain on the system by caring for patients in the home, according to a new report from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and…

National Hospice Groups Seek Relief from Congress to Address COVID-19 Concerns

On Tuesday, March 17, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and other national hospice organizations wrote to key members of Congress urging action to address a wide range of concerns that hospice providers are experiencing in the wake of spread of the COVID-19 virus. While Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

NAHC Has Info You Need about Coronavirus

New cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are being identified all over the United States and there is justifiable concern about the potential spread and severity of this virus in this country and abroad. Home health and hospice agencies must prepare for the impact a widespread outbreak of coronavirus could have on agency operations. The National Association…