Community-based Care Providers Need Priority for Protective Equipment

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a coalition of groups devoted to promoting home-and-community-based care have written to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), asking for priority status in accessing personal protective equipment (PPE) to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing to treat patients in their…

CMS Addresses Survey Suspension, Survey Priorities and Access to Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a memo outlining the suspension of some survey activities and current survey priorities.¬†CMS is prioritizing and suspending certain federal and state survey agency (SSA) surveys, and delaying revisit surveys beginning March 20, 2020 for all certified provider and supplier types. Standard surveys for home health agencies…

CMS Updates its Medicaid FAQ in Response to Coronavirus

On Wednesday, March 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Medicaid Frequently Asked Questions in response to queries about the novel coronavirus COVID-19. While this is a welcome development and the updated FAQ lists important Medicaid home care supports, it is critical to remember that Medicaid is administered by the states…