OIG Adds 2 Home Health Items to Work Plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced two new items of interest to NAHC home health members. One is an audit of home health telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and the second is a report on the challenges faced by home health agencies in responding to the PHE and the…

A Look Ahead: Home Care and Hospice Advocacy in 2021

With the 2020 elections well in the rear-view and the seating of the new Congress and the inauguration of the 46th President fast approaching, our nation’s Capital is gearing up for what is increasingly looking like an active 2021. Traditionally, a new administration views the first 100 days of their taking office as the window…

Major Home Health Telehealth Bill Introduced in Congress

Top NAHC Advocacy Priority GO HERE to fight for reimbursement for telehealth services Home health champions Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Representatives Roger Marshall (R-KS), Terri Sewell (D-AL), who led on the PDGM behavioral assumption proposal in 2019, Jodey Arrington (R-TX), and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced on Friday, October 23, the Home Health Emergency Access…

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…

NAHC Conveys Hospice Concerns to National Nursing Home Commission

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the independent National Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (the Commission) to ensure that residents of nursing homes have access to hospice care, whether in the form of safe, in-person visits or by telehealth communication. In response to the ongoing and widespread…

CMS Proposes to Permanently Expand Telehealth for Home Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to permanently finalize the regulatory flexibility issued in the first COVID-19 interim final rule (85 FR 19230) that permits home health agencies to provide telehealth and remote monitoring services when ordered in the plan  of care. CMS is continuing its commitment to advance  the use of…

Bipartisan Letter from Senators Urges Permanent Expansion of Telehealth

On Monday, June 15th a group of 30 bipartisan senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requesting that recent expansions and flexibilities made for telehealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic be made permanent.  In the early days of the pandemic, Congress and the Centers for Medicare…

NAHC Comments on CMS’ Interim Final Rule in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Association or Home Care & Hospice submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule with Comments (IFC) issued March 30, 2020 in response to the COVID -19 pandemic. Below is a summary issues and recommendations related to home health agencies (HHA) and hospice. HOME HEALTH Homebound Status Under…

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 Revises Memo on Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19

The Quality, Safety, and Oversight Group of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised a memo addressing guidance for infection control and prevention concerning COVID-19 in home health agencies (HHAs) and religious nonmedical healthcare institutions (RNHIs). The memo was originally released on March 10, 2020 (see previous NAHC coverage here) and was revised…