MedPAC Calls for Home Health Rate Cut, NAHC Objects

MedPAC, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, released its annual March report to Congress on March 15, 2019.  MedPAC is required to produce this report; however, Congress is not required to act upon all the recommendations contained in the report and historically has not done so.  Chapters 9 and 12 of the Report, Home Health Recommendations…

OIG: Non-Profit Hospital May Offer Free Home Care

A federal rule against offering patients free care does not prohibit a hospital from providing free home care if the goal is to reduce readmissions, according to an advisory opinion the Office of Inspector (OIG) General of the Department of Health and Human Services. The federal government forbids the provision of free services to patients…

NAHC Honors the Late Rep. Walter Jones, a Champion of Home Care and Hospice

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC-3) passed away in hospice care on his 76th birthday on February 11, 2019, and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) mourns a good friend of the home health and hospice community, as well as its millions of patients. First elected to the North Carolina legislature in 1983 and…

Long-Term Care and the Law Conference is Can’t Miss Event for Home Care and Hospice

    — NAHC members get discounted rate! — NAHC’s Bill Dombi to update conference on home health & hospice policy developments The 2019 Long-Term Care and the Law Conference promises to be an exciting and informative meeting where some of the leading in-house and outside lawyers for the long term care industry will be presenting on…

NAHC President Bill Dombi Gives Policy Update to Home Health Care News

Normally, to receive a home health and hospice policy update from NAHC President William A. Dombi, you need to attend a NAHC conference or be present for one of his many speaking engagements around the country. However, Mr. Dombi recently appeared on the Disrupt podcast of Home Health Care News and he provided an invaluable…

Long-Term Care and the Law Conference is Can’t Miss Event for Home Care and Hospice

The 2019 Long-Term Care and the Law Conference promises to be an exciting and informative meeting where some of the leading in-house and outside lawyers for the long term care industry will be presenting on legal, compliance, and operational issues faced by providers. View the conference brochure. This year’s conference promises to be an exciting…

NAHC Board of Directors Elects Officers

The Board of Directors for the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) met earlier this week to elect its officers and we can now announce the result of those elections. The new Chair of the Board of Directors will be Mary Myers, the Treasurer will be Mark Sharp, and the Secretary will be…

Must-Attend Webinar on Protecting Employees from Harassment Complaints

How a company responds and reacts to allegations of sexual harassment can have a lasting impact in the minds of its employees and the public. In this #MeToo era investigations into harassment complaints can no longer be “one size fits all,” especially with the possibility of the viral disclosure of allegations or incidents through social…

Home Health Must Prepare for the Coming Payment Revolution

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will revolutionize the payment methodology for all Medicare Home Health Agencies in the United States. Created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), PDGM is slated to debut on January 1, 2020, and home health agencies must prepare immediately for the most important change to the Medicare home…

Improper Payment Rates Fall for Home Health and Hospice Providers

Improper payments to home health providers fell by almost 15 percent and to hospices by three percent, according to the 2018 Medicare Fee-for-Service Improper Payment Data report. As NAHC has stated previously, these sharp reductions in improper payments demonstrates that Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plan to initiate the Review Choice Demonstration is…