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Medicare
Friday, April 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MedPAC Recommends an Accelerated Implementation of PAC PPS »
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the congressional advisory body on Medicare payment policy, is recommen...
Friday, April 14, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Many Agencies Point to OASIS-C2 as a Major Factor in Nurses’ Productivity Drop »
OASIS-C2 is the regulatory change that has had the biggest impact on agencies’ productivity in 2017, the results of a new...
Friday, April 14, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
GAO Finds CMS Oversight to Reduce Improper Billing Needs Improvement »
A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is critical of the failure on the part of the Centers for Medicare...
Thursday, April 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Seeks to Delay Rule to Improve Home Health Agency Care »
By Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare The CMS is proposing a six-month delay for home health agencies to implement a fi...
Thursday, April 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Posts FAQs on Pre-Claim Review »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just posted a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding t...

Private Duty
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
CMS Issues Memo to States with Implementation Plans for Emergency Preparedness Rules »
On October 28, 2016, the Director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Survey and Certification Grou...
Thursday, October 20, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Department of Labor is Actively Enforcing the “Kickback” Rule »
The Department of Labor is Actively Enforcing the “Kickback” Rule   Another article, brought to us by S...
Friday, September 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Part 3 - Violence Against Homecare Field Staff: What to Do »
Homecare field staff members who provide services on behalf of private duty agencies, hospices, Medicare-certified home he...
Thursday, September 1, 2016   (1 Comment - view/add)
The Higher Minimum Wage Debate – Will It Work In All Industries? »
It’s been a hotly contested topic lately, raising the federal minimum wage.   Low-paid workers are crying for a “mor...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Part 2: Violence Against Home Care Field Staff »
Homecare field staff members who provide services on behalf of private duty agencies, hospices, Medicare-certified home he...

Fraud
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Rx Drugs, Home Health Lead Government’s Anti-Fraud Agenda »
Prescription drugs and home health services are the top two anti-fraud priorities for the government, due to high spending...
Thursday, December 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Hernando Sun: Home Health Care Worker Steals Credit Card and Jewelry From Client »
Hernando County Sheriff's detectives met with Beth Stocke at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Ms. Stocke reporte...
Thursday, June 18, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert on Physician Compensation Arrangements »
On June 9, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the primary en...
Friday, November 7, 2014
Owner of 2 Miami Home Health Companies Sentenced to 80 Months in Prison for $74m in Fraud »
HCAF strongly condemns healthcare fraud and supports the removal of bad actors from the home health industry.   ...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Florida Owner of Home Health Care Company Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison for Role in $6 Mil »
HCAF strongly condemns healthcare fraud and supports the removal of bad actors from the home health industry. A co-owner...

Home Care In The News
Wednesday, November 11, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Study Finds Decreased Risk of Hospitalization for Patients Who Receive Care from Nurse Practitioners »
According to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualit...
Wednesday, October 21, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Palm Beach County Passes Home Caregiver Ordinance: Get The Facts »
On October 20 th , The Palm Beach County Commissioners unanimously passed a new Home Caregiver Ordinance. Our HCAF Gove...
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
GAO: 12 Million Seniors Not Receiving Needed Home-Based Care »
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported this month that an estimated 75 percent of seniors who likely nee...
Friday, April 10, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Reducing Hospital Readmissions: What About Caregiver Support? »
By Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.   If home care providers think they have heard a lot about reducing hospital...
Monday, March 31, 2014
New York Times Article Depicts Major Pitfalls in Managed Long-Term Programs »
New York Times Article Depicts Major Pitfalls in Managed Long-Term Programs March 14, 2014 W...

Medicaid
Monday, February 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
GAO: CMS Needs More Oversight of Medicaid LTSS Payment Rates »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should require all states to report on the progress they have made to...
Friday, December 16, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
AHCA Medicaid Managed Care Presentation Discusses Home Care's Role »
The Florida Legislature convened this week for committee meetings in advance of the 2017 legislative session. Before healt...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Releases Medicaid Managed Care Final Rule »
From The National Medicaid Action Council & HCAF:   On Monday, April 25, the Centers for Medicare & Me...
Monday, February 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
AHCA Notice: Billing Agent and Clearinghouse Enrollment »
*** This alert is being sent on behalf of the Office of Medicaid Program Integrity. ***   As part of its pre...

HCAF In The News
Thursday, April 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Pauses Pre-Claim Demo for Now; Leaders Wonder What Future Holds »
By Josh Poltilove, Home Health Line Just one day before the pre-claim review demo was set to expand to include Florid...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
With No Delay in Sight, Florida Agencies Brace for Pre-Claim »
Despite major pushback from the home health care industry, the controversial Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) is set...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
[Updated] Pre-Claim Paused in Illinois, Delayed in Florida »
One day before the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) was set to begin in Florida, the program has been put on pause, t...
Tuesday, March 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicare Program Puts Government Between Doctor, Patient »
Exclusive to the Orlando Sentinel   In its ongoing effort to reduce health-care costs and improve program in...
Friday, March 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Florida Congressional Delegation Calls on Feds to Delay Burdensome Medicare Demonstration »
Tallahassee, FL (March 1, 2017) –– Led by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D), Florida's congressional delegation this week calle...

General
Friday, April 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Having Writer's Block? Not Blogging Can Block Your Home Care SEO. »
BY KATIE ROBERTS, corecubed Every writer worth her salt has encountered it at least once: That panicked state where her...
Friday, April 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs: Third Party Management »
BY ELIZABETH HOGUE, ESQ. Fraud enforcers recently declared that their expectation is that every provider has a Complian...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
CDC Issues Guidance for Managing Occupational Exposure to Zika in Health Care »
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for managing occupational exposure to the Zik...
Friday, April 14, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Empowering Home Care Through Secure Mobile Messaging »
by Michael Keoni DeFranco, GETLUA Providing medical care comes with many obstacles, even in a traditional hospital sett...
Friday, April 14, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Access to Home Care Improving, But Inconsistent »
Access to home care in the United States increased from 2002 to 2015, but regional differences in availability were consid...

Advocacy
Thursday, April 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Congress is in Recess: Take Your Representative on a Home Visit »
Congress adjourned its work in Washington on Thursday, April 6, and will return to Florida for the Easter recess, which sp...

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