Choose Home Care Act is Vital New Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Home Care

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today commend the introduction of the Choose Home Care Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation designed to increase access to care at home by providing eligible Medicare beneficiaries with an additional care option following hospitalization. This is an important Medicare policy change that will strengthen and modernize…

HHS to Evaluate Home Health Agencies on Emergency Communication Plans

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has included in their workplan a report to evaluate home health agencies’ (HHA) compliance with Emergency Preparedness Conditions of Participation (EP CoPs). The report is expected to be issued in 2023. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires…

NAHC to Congress: Protect Medicare, Don’t Use Funds to Pay Non-Health Care Costs

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a group of like-minded organizations representing America’s health providers have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), asking them to oppose an extension of mandatory Medicare sequestration as a pay-for in any infrastructure package; and…

Listen NAHC President Bill Dombi Talk Home Care & Hospice Policy on the Disrupt Podcast

Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud or on Apple podcasts NAHC President Bill Dombi appeared on the most recent episode of the Disrupt podcast from Home Health Care News, and he and reporter/editor Robert Holly discussed all the important legislative, legal, and regulatory issues facing home care and hospice today. Here is an excerpt to…

Hospice Expert Davis Baird Joins NAHC Advocacy

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is proud to announce the addition of Davis Baird, the new Director of Government Affairs for Hospice. Davis comes to us from the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, where he was the Policy and Advocacy Manager. Prior to that, he worked at the National Association of…

New Bill Addresses Nation’s Shortage of Nurses, Doctors

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the United States Senate would address America’s shortage of doctors and nurses by “recapturing” visas for thousands of foreign-born trained health care workers. The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act recaptures unused visas for nurses, doctors, and their families from previous years and expempts those visas from existing country caps on immigration. In…

MedPAC calls for 20 Percent Cut to Hospice Aggregate Cap

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has recommended to Congress that Medicare base payment rates for hospice for Fiscal Year 2022 remain at current levels and to cut the hospice aggregate cap by 20 percent. In addition, MedPAC recommended that the aggregate cap be wage adjusted. MedPAC’s chapter on hospice services explores the latest data…

Becerra Narrowly Confirmed as Next HHS Secretary

The United States Senate confirmed former California congressman and Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next Seceretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) by a vote of 50-49, with all Democrats voting to support the nominee and Susan Collins (R-ME) the sole Republican also voting to confirm. It is the narrowest confirmation of any…

Long Term Care and the Law Conference Has Great Content for Home Health & Hospice Professionals

NAHC members get discounted rate! Register here! NAHC’s Bill Dombi to update conference on home health & hospice policy developments Full program details are here The Long-Term Care and the Law conference, put on every year by the American Health Law Association, is virtual this year and going on right now. If you’ve missed any…

NAHC’s Dombi: Home Care Opportunities Are on the Rise, Despite Ongoing Operational Challenges

Home care agencies have been through a turbulent year. But they’re coming out of it under a new light from the perspective of clients and potential partners.

That spotlight continues to grow brighter with each passing day, too, though COVID-19 cases within home care have fluctuated as of late. Far more agencies are dealing with COVID-19 patients now than early on, according to National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) data.

Overall, close to 10% of all home care admissions are currently tied to the virus, reports NAHC, which shared those figures during a Tuesday virtual event.

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