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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Home Care COVID Legal Update

Friday, January 22, 2021 Event is free! REGISTER NOW! Wondering about the latest on the COVID-19 vaccines and how the home care industry is responding, how the new administration may impact the industry, and what you can do to take advantage of the Opinion Letter the U.S. Department of Labor recently issued on live-in caregivers?…

NAHC Board of Directors Welcomes New Members, Officers

The Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice met to welcome two new members, welcome back some returning members, elect officers, and bid a fond and grateful farewell to some outgoing members. John Olajide, President and CEO of Axxess, and David Totaro, Chief Government Affairs Officer at Bayada, have been…

Thankful for All the Great People Who Make our Membership the Best in the World

In a letter to all NAHC member sent earlier today, NAHC President William A. Dombi offered thanks to the many people who have gone above and beyond to advance the cause of providing the best quality care in the home in 2020, often during extremely difficult and even dangerous conditions. Among those Bill thanked were:…

Medicare Fee-for-Service Estimated Improper Payments Fall $15B since 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the Medicare Fee- For-Service (FFS) improper payment rate has continued to decline, the fourth year Medicare FFS improper payment rate has been below 10 percent, the threshold for compliance established in the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019. The Medicare FFS estimated improper payment…