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…

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.…