Key Telehealth Bill Introduced in Congress

A bipartisan and bicameral group of legislators has introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) Act of 2021 (S. 1512/H.R. 2903) in Congress. The CONNECT Act includes a variety of provisions. Those with direct impact to home care and hospice providers follow are, as follows: Health and Human Services (HHS)…

Key Telehealth Bill Introuced in Congress

GO HERE to to Tell Congress to Provide Reimbursement for Telehealth Services! Takes only a few seconds! A bipartisan group of legislators in the House of Representatives has introduced legislation to provide reimbursement for telehealth services in the Medicare Home Health benefit. Introduced as H.R. 3371, the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act is…

Future of Telehealth Expansion Debated in Congress

During an April 28 hearing of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Health earlier this week, numerous lawmakers from both sides of the aisle highlighted the value Medicare telehealth flexibilities have provided during the pandemic, especially their impact on the ability to receive care in the home, and expressed interest in supporting policies to expand…

NAHC Advocacy Alert: Join the Fight for Telehealth Reimbursement

GO HERE to tell Congress to provide reimbursement for telehealth services READ THIS FACT SHEET on the issue On Thursday, April 22, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act, to provide reimbursement to providers for telehealth services in the Medicare Home Health benefit. While the concept of allowing reimbursement for telehealth…

Key Telehealth Bill Introduced in Senate

HEAT Act is a key NAHC priority this year A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced legislation on Thursday, April 22, to provide reimbursement to providers for telehealth services in the Medicare Home Health benefit. Introduced as S. 1309, the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act is a top 2021 legislative priority for…

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…