NAHC Urges CMS, CMMI to Delay Hospice VBID Implementation

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has written to Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Brad Smith, the Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to urge them to mplement a one-year delay of the Hospice Component of the Medicare Advantage VBID Demonstration…

CMS Proposes New Rules to Address Prior Authorization and Reduce Burden on Patients and Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on Thursday, December 10, intended to improve the electronic exchange of health care data among payers, providers, and patients, and streamline processes related to prior authorization to reduce burden on providers and patients. According to CMS, the proposed rule aims to improve data sharing…

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…