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Monday, January 22, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Recovery Audit Contractor to Conduct Home Health Reviews »
The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Performant Recovery, Inc. will be conducting a complex home health review for document...
Monday, January 22, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
NAHC Announces 2018 Federal Legislative Agenda »
Following many advocacy successes in 2017, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) continues into the...
Monday, January 22, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Policy Veers Toward Expansion of Telehealth »
A recent decision by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and moves by the Administration and leaders in Cong...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Senate Passes RAISE Family Caregivers Act, Bill Will Go to President for Signature »
The U.S. Senate passed the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include Support and Engage) Family Caregivers Act on Monday, January...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Launches New Low Volume Appeals Settlement Option January 11, 2018 »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a new Low Volume Appeals (LVA) Initiative to help addr...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Help Protect Home Health Care for Rural Patients! »
Congress is debating significant cuts in payment rates and spending on home health services, likely in the range of $3-$6...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
CMS Clarifies Position on Texting Patient Information Among Health Care Providers »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. On December 28, 2017, David Wright, Director of the Survey and Certification Group at the Cen...
Monday, January 8, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Part 5 – Draft Interpretive Guidelines for HHAs: Transfer and Discharge »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Home health agencies must comply with new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on January 13, 2...
Monday, January 8, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Hosting Low Volume Appeals Settlement Call January 9 »
As part of the broader Department of Health & Human Services' commitment to improving the Medicare appeals process, th...
Monday, January 8, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Where Home Health Legislation Stands at the Start of 2018 »
The 2017 congressional calendar ended with such a bewildering flurry of proposed, rumored, and even successfully passed le...
Tuesday, December 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Can’t-Miss Webinar on Avoiding Fraud and Abuse in Home Care and Hospice »
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHP...
Tuesday, December 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
House of Representatives Passes the RAISE Family Caregiver Act »
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the RAISE Family Caregiver Act ( H.R. 3759 ) on Monday, December 18, 2017, in a v...
Tuesday, December 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
HHQI National Campaign January 2018 Save-the-Dates »
Each month, the HHQI National Campaign and the health care industry spotlight a variety of health-related topics to heig...
Monday, December 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MedPAC Draft Recommendation: Reduce Medicare HHA Payments by Five Percent »
The most recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) considered a draft recommendation to reduce p...
Monday, December 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Home Health Faces Big Cuts »
Under consideration in Congress right now are severe cuts to Medicare home health payment rates and spending. At risk of i...
Monday, December 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Latest About Gifts to Patients During the Holiday Season »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, th...
Monday, December 11, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Provides Information About Conversion of Subunits »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued instructions on November 17, 20...
Monday, December 11, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Pace of Home Health Spending Increase Slowed in 2016 »
While health care spending in the United States rose 4.3 percent in 2016, the pace of home health spending slowed compared...
Monday, December 11, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Study Shows Home Health Care Saves Lives and Money »
Patients who receive home health care after a hospital discharge save the system about $6,500 over the course of a year an...
Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Cancels Cardiac and Hip Bundled Payment Models »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardia...
Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Part 4 – Draft Interpretive Guidelinesg: Informed Consent »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. New Conditions of Participation (CoPs) of the Medicare Program for home health require agenci...
Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Trump’s HHS Appointee Sounds Friendly To Home Health During Senate Hearing »
President Donald Trump’s pick to take over as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sounded some...
Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Two Bills Introduced in Tallahassee Could Harm Home Care Industry »
Two bills were introduced in the Florida Legislature last week that could present burdensome and costly issues for the hom...
Monday, November 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Survey Analyzes Long-Term Care Costs in 2017 »
Genworth Financial last week released its Cost of Care Survey, which compares long-term care costs across 440 regions in t...
Monday, November 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Washington Update: Rural Add-On Deadline Nears, HHS Secretary Confirmation This Week »
Members of Congress return to Washington, D.C. this week with multiple items on their plate, including the rural add-on re...
Monday, November 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Part 3 – Draft Interpretive Guidelines: Patients' Rights and Powers of Attorney »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. New Conditions of Participation (CoPs) of the Medicare Program for home health require agenci...
Monday, November 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Telehealth Supporting Home Health Providers »
By Michael DeFranco As mobile technology sweeps across every industry, health care included, it brings with it a...
Monday, November 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Great News for Florida Home Health Providers: Florida Supreme Court Supports Home Health Non-Compete »
By Lani M. Dornfeld, Esq. The Florida Supreme Court recognizes that home health referral sources can be a protectable...
Monday, November 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Caseloads and Turnover Rates Decline for Home Health LPNs and HCAs »
Turnover rates and caseloads declined for home health licensed practical nurses (LPN) and health care aides (HCA), accordi...
Monday, November 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MedPAC Discusses a New Home Health Payment Model »
At the November Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC), a new payment model for home health, and the post acute care...
Monday, November 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
House Committee Proposes Extension of Rural Add-on, Payment Modifications »
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) late last week announced...
Monday, November 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
NAHC Urges CMS To Fix its Medicare Open Enrollment Outreach and Education »
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined like-minded organizations in sending a letter to Se...
Monday, November 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Effective Date for the CoPs Unchanged »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will NOT be issuing a delay to the Home Health Conditions of Partic...
Monday, November 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Part 2 – Draft Interpretive Guidelines: The Rest of the Emergency Preparedness Checklist »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Compliance with new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for emergency preparedness has proven...
Monday, November 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Finalizes Changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2017, the calendar...

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