Florida Reps Urge CMS to Delay Review Choice Demonstration in Florida

A trio of Representatives from Florida have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concerns with the decision to move forward with the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program in Florida. In March, due to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic, CMS announced that the RCD program would be paused from expansion…

FMC Leadership Panel: The Future of Home Care & Hospice Depend on Investments in People and Technology

The second day of education at the 2020 Financial Management Conference began with members of the Leadership Panel discussing their views and insights on the future of health care in a post-Covid-19 world. What have we learned and what will a change health care future look like? Does the pandemic present opportunities for home care and…

FMC 2020 Opens with Washington Update: “Home Care Has Really Shined”

The education portion of the 2020 Financial Management Conference (FMC) began today, with Bill Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Executive Director of the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) delivering his traditional policy-oriented Washington Update, in a very un-traditional manner. As you know by now,…

NAHC Analysis of the CY 2021 Home Health Proposed Rule

CY 2021 Home Health Proposed Rule Addresses Payment Rates, Telehealth, Quality Program and Home Infusion Therapy   Late this afternoon the preview of the CY 2021 home health proposed rule, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2021 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements, was…

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…

Exploring the Impact of the CARES Act on Home Health and Hospice

Special to NAHC Report by Annie Erstling, Chief Strategy Officer, Forcura With the signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act last month, $100 billion were earmarked for the U.S. health care industry. It sounds like a lot of money…but given the challenges of COVID-19 and all the health care entities sharing those…

New NAHC Webinar Series Starts Tomorrow: Employment Issues During COVID-19

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will be co-hosting a free weekly webinar series with Angelo Spinola of Littler Mendelson and the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) to provide home care and hospice professionals with substantive updates on home health and home care employment issues sand shed light on the industry’s…

COVID-19 Report: Home Health Ready to Offer Relief to Inundated Hospitals, Provide Alternative Care Setting

As hospitals nationwide continue to struggle with unprecedented demand for critical services related to the COVID-19 pandemic, home healthcare providers are well prepared to help alleviate the growing strain on the system by caring for patients in the home, according to a new report from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and…

Senators Propose to Increase Home Care Access for Seniors

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have introduced the Homecare for Seniors Act, which will allow individuals over 65 the ability to use savings from their tax-free health savings accounts (HSAs) for qualified homecare expenses that assist seniors with everyday tasks of daily living. This bill is companion legislation to H.R. 2878,…

House Oversight Committee Questions VA, TPAs about Claims Backlog

NAHC’s Bill Dombi demands fair treatment for home care providers During a joint oversight hearing in the House of Representatives last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs and third party administrators (TPA) accepted blame for problems with the VA’s new Community Care program which have delayed much-needed care for many veterans and created administrative and…