CMS Creates new Office to Reduce Regulatory Burden

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday, June 23, the creation of a new Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics “to unify the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory and administrative burden and to further the goal of putting patients first.” CMS portrayed the new office as “an outgrowth of the agency’s Patients…

CMS Issues More Home Health & Hospice Waivers During COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced additional waivers for health care providers in response to the COVID-10 pandemic. One waiver has been issued for home health permitting occupational therapists (OT) to conduct the initial and comprehensive assessment for all patients receiving therapy as part of the plan of care. Therapists…

NAHC Asks CMS/HHS for Reg Flexibility to Fight COVID-19

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has made a series of requests to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for regulatory action designed to enable home health and hospice to fulfill its potential as the health care setting most suited to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 while…

CMS Issues Regulatory Waivers in Response to COVID-19

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On January 31, 2020, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared a national public heath emergency. These  two declaration  permit the  Secretary of HHS to invoke the 1135 waiver authority for  certain federal  regulations  in order…

NAHC Urges CMS to Make Changes to Fight Coronavirus, Keep Patients in their Homes

Homebound requirement flexibility and other changes needed The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has written a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, pointing out that providing quality health care in the home is one of the best ways to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Therefore, it makes sense for CMS…

The Year in Review: Home Health and Hospice in Congress in 2019

Congress Actively Pursued Key Home Health and Hospice Concerns NAHC scored some big victories for patients and providers While 2019 was frequently marked by intense partisan wrangling in Congress, a year-end review by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) shows that elected officials still found time to pursue a number of issues…

Burden Reduction Includes Changes to Use of Pseudo Patients in Aide Competency, Drug Management, And More

A recent final rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relating to burden reduction is receiving applause especially from the home health community.  The final rule, Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Dialysis Facilities; Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes to…

Critical Webinar on Legal Risks for Private Duty Home Care

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and Littler Mendelson are collaborating to offer a truly unique quarterly series of webinars focused on the challenges, opportunities, and risks for private duty home care operators. We hope you will join us for an informative session and complimentary focused on two separate issues creating headaches…

CMS Provides Another Opportunity for Burden Reduction Recommendations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking new ideas from the public on how to continue the progress of the Patients over Paperwork initiative. This RFI provides an opportunity for home health and hospice providers to submit recommendations for relief from burdensome regulations and policies. CMS…

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,…