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…

Resolution Introduced to Re-Establish the Permanent Select Committee on Aging

U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to re-establish the Permanent Select Committee on Aging, which was originally disbanded more than a quarter of a century ago. The resolution has been sent to the House Rules Committee for markup. The previous House Aging Committee, active from 1974 to…

NAHC Fights for Rural Home Care & Hospice at Senate Hearing

NAHC President William A. Dombi told the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday, February 12th, that while the “Medicare home health benefit is well managed,” it needs to be modernized to improve access to quality care in the home for all Americans, especially those living in rural areas. Committee chair Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)…

Senators Challenge VA on Backlog of Unpaid Providers

NAHC’s Bill Dombi to testify on veterans issues on Feb 12 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) faced sharp questioning during a Senate committee hearing on February 5 from skeptical Senators about a growing backlog of unpaid providers caring for elderly and disabled veterans. The Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee hearing, VA MISSION Act: Update on…