CMS Toolkit to Accelerate State Efforts to Enhance Home and Community-Based Services

Today, CMS launched a new toolkit designed for state Medicaid agencies to strengthen their infrastructure and develop robust home and community-based services (HCBS) for eligible beneficiaries. This toolkit is the latest in a series of CMS efforts to promote high quality, person-centered HCBS to safely transition older adults and individuals with disabilities back to their…

Members of Congress ask CMS to Eliminate Behavioral Rate Cut in PDGM

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)  have sent two separate letters to Administrator Seema Verma, asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider eliminating the behavioral assumption rate cut currently included in the Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM).  As part of the PDGM payment model, CMS included a 4.36…

CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19

New recoupment terms allow providers and suppliers one additional year to start loan payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced amended terms for payments issued under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program as required by recent action by President Donald J. Trump and United States Congress. This Medicare loan program allows CMS…

CMS Announces New Federal Funding to Support Transition from Nursing Homes to Community

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Wednesday, September 23, the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs in 33 states. This funding will help state Medicaid programs jump-start efforts to transition individuals with disabilities and older adults from…

CMS Redesigns Provider COMPARE Websites

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched Care Compare on September 3, a streamlined redesign of eight existing CMS healthcare compare tools available on Medicare.gov. The eight separate tools, including Hospice Compare and Home Health Compare, are now consolidated into one site — Care Compare — which provides a single user-friendly interface that patients…

Take Action! Urge Congressional Delay of MA-Hospice Carve-in Demonstration

GO HERE to defend hospice right now! Easy and takes only seconds! Join NAHC’s Summer 2020 Backyard Advocacy campaign! In recent months a growing chorus of hospice organizations, Medicare Advantage (MA) stakeholders, and members of Congress have urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to delay the January 2021 launch of a planned…

NAHC Urges Permanent Medicare Flexibilities  for Use of Technology in Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish permanent flexibilities allowing hospices to utilize telecommunications to deliver multi-disciplinary, patient-centered care, and to ensure that such services can be recorded and monitored for their impact on quality of care. In a letter to…

CMS Plans Complete Redesign of Compare Websites for Home Health, Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to launch a new Medicare Care Compare on Medicare.gov to combine and standardize the eight existing Compare tools, including those for home health and hospice, according to a blog post today from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. The new Compare tool, which CMS plans to launch in…

CMS’ Verma Marks 2nd Anniversary of Patients over Paperwork Initiative with Listening Session

NAHC shares recommendations as part of stakeholder sessions On October 29, 2019, Administrator Seema Verma celebrated the second anniversary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) signature Patients Over Paperwork (PoP)  initiative by hosting an event that marked progress made to date with addresses by Verma, CMS staff and provider representatives.  In the…

CMS Pushes Effort to Curb Medicare Fraud

CMS wants stakeholder input on how best to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a new five-part campaign to deter and punish waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program, CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote in a blog post earlier this week. “Medicare’s transformation…