CMS Issues More Home Health & Hospice Waivers During COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced additional waivers for health care providers in response to the COVID-10 pandemic. One waiver has been issued for home health permitting occupational therapists (OT) to conduct the initial and comprehensive assessment for all patients receiving therapy as part of the plan of care. Therapists…

CMS Answers Key Home Health & Hospice Concerns Related to COVID-19

QUICK REMINDER — All Medicare Home Health Providers: Take This Survey Now! Congress is already working on a fourth COVID-19 stimulus package and CMS is considering relief options. NAHC is focused on making sure home health and hospice are not forgotten. To support this advocacy effort, we need information and we need it NOW. Please complete this survey…

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…

CMS Issues New Waivers under the Conditions of Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has waived some significant provisions of the home health Conditions of Participation. The following items under the CoP have been waived by CMS. The initial evaluation under 484.55 (a) will not require an on-site visit and may be conducted remotely or through medical review. This does not…

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 COVID-19 Call Covers Waivers, Q&A

On Friday, March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a call with home health organizations to discuss recent developments related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  Even though the call was specific to home health agencies there hospice questions addressed, as well. CMS indicated it plans to hold similar calls weekly, but…