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…

What Has Changed for Home Health During the Public Health Emergency? NAHC has the Answers

On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule with comment (IFC) that  provides relief from regulations governing health care provider operations in response to the COVID -19 pandemic. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) conducted a national webcast presenting the regulatory waivers that had…

New NAHC COVID-19 Town Hall and a New CMS Open Door Forum on Telehealth

The NAHC series of virtual town halls are devoted to bringing you the vital and most up-to-date information about COVID-19 from the people in home care and hospice who have been on the front lines of this battle. Learn from those who have been dealing with the most dangerous public health crisis of our time…

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 Waivers for Hospice, Relief for Hospices using Telecoms

On March 30, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an Emergency Declaration of Blanket Waivers and Flexibilities for health care providers.  CMS stated the following about the waivers:  the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020 through the end of the emergency declaration.…

CMS Updates its Medicaid FAQ in Response to Coronavirus

On Wednesday, March 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Medicaid Frequently Asked Questions in response to queries about the novel coronavirus COVID-19. While this is a welcome development and the updated FAQ lists important Medicaid home care supports, it is critical to remember that Medicaid is administered by the states…

Mobilize Home Care and Hospice to Fight COVID-19

GO HERE to tell COngress to act now on these urgent, common-sense reforms to allow patients to remain in their homes and stop the spread of the virus With the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 across the nation there are important steps that should be taken to slow the spread, flatten the curve…

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…

NAHC Submits Recommendations for Improved Care to Rural, Underserved to Congress

In mid-November, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input to inform the Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force as it works to develop bipartisan legislation to improve health care outcomes within underserved communities.  The RFI includes 10 questions designed to elicit recommendations…