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…

Demand for Direct Care Workers Far Outstrips Supply

The direct care workforce will need to fill 8.2 million jobs from 2018 to 2028, with most of those jobs coming in the home care sector, according to a new report from PHI. Almost 4.5 million direct care workers tend to the elderly and disabled in America every day, and with a rapidly aging population…

CMS Plans Complete Redesign of Compare Websites for Home Health, Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to launch a new Medicare Care Compare on Medicare.gov to combine and standardize the eight existing Compare tools, including those for home health and hospice, according to a blog post today from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. The new Compare tool, which CMS plans to launch in…

MedPAC Calls for Cuts to Home Health and Hospice

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended a seven percent payment reduction to the base home health payment rate for 2021 and the elimination of the update to the FY2021 base payment rates for hospice, at their meeting on January 16. In past years the commission has recommended a five percent reduction in the home…

New NAHC Webinar: Last-Minute Tips to Master PDGM

The Home Health and Financial Managers Association will provide a special live Update with the Experts to provide all home health operators with a final presentation on how to prepare for the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) when it takes effect on the first day of the new year. This special live Update with the…

Don’t Miss this Regulatory Update for Home Care and Hospice

If you have ever been in attendance when NAHC President William A. Dombi is delivering his signature update on regulatory policy for home care and hospice, you know it is the most trusted and comprehensive policy briefing in the industry. Now is your chance to get the latest version of that briefing without leaving your…