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Monday, August 7, 2017
DOJ Explains How Fraud and Abuse Violate Patients' Right to Freedom of Choice »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Fraud and abuse enforcers have stated periodically that one of the reasons they are so intent...
Monday, August 7, 2017
1115 Waiver Gives Florida More Medicaid Money — Not More Flexibility »
By Christine Sexton, POLITICO The Trump administration on Thursday approved a sweeping waiver for the state's $26 bill...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
OSHA Delays Deadline for Electronic Reporting of Injuries/Illnesses »
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed a new compliance date of December 1, 2017,...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Updates Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool that in...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Issues Proposed Rule: 2017 Home Health Payment Rates, Value-Based Purchasing Pilot, and More »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) released the CY2018 Medicare Home Health payment rule late today. Gene...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Home Health Moratorium Extended »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a six month extension of the statewide temporary mora...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Has Passed Away »
It is with great sadness that the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announces the passing of its pre...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MedPAC Report Examines Medicare Post-Acute Care Providers »
Amid the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision last week to extend the Medicare home health moratoriu...
Monday, July 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Why Nurses and Therapists Get Out of Bed for Much Less Than $10,000 a Day »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Linda Evangelista, a "supermodel," once stated that she did not get out of bed for less than $...
Monday, July 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
OIG Announces New Areas of Inquiry in Home Health as Part of Ongoing Work Plan Updates »
Historically the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has conducted numerous inqu...
Monday, July 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Home Health PEPPER Released and Share Your PEPPER Success Story »
A new release of the Home Health Agency (HHA) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), with sta...
Monday, July 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Official Sidesteps Offer For New Tools To Combat Medicare Improper Pay »
By Michelle M. Stein, Inside Health Policy   House Ways & Means Republicans asked the Centers for Medicare...
Monday, July 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Regulatory Guidance: Claims Denials/OASIS Submission »
Whenever an OASIS is resubmitted it changes the submission date. Therefore an assessment that requires correction could be...
Monday, July 17, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
How to Get More Referrals and Increase Market Share: Arrangements with Ambulatory Surgical Centers »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Outpatient surgeries, including joint replacements, have outstripped inpatient surgeries over t...
Thursday, July 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Hawaii Becomes First State To Pay Caregivers »
The state of Hawaii will give eligible families $70 a day to help pay for home care services for a family member after Gov...
Thursday, July 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Congress Must Hear from You on Face-to-Face Legislation »
U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Kenny Marchant (R-TX) introduced the Home Health Documentation and Progra...
Friday, July 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Releases Final Rule Officially Delaying New CoPs »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday released the Final Rule that officially delays the new Medicare C...
Friday, July 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
AT LAST! CMS Says Providers Are Not Required To Put Plans of Correction on Forms »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. At last! On June 16, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued New G...
Friday, July 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Palmetto GBA Announces Expansion of the "Probe and Educate" Initiative »
The Palmetto GBA 16 State Coalition, of which HCAF is a member, is now hearing from Palmetto GBA that they have expanded t...
Friday, July 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicaid Changes Could Cause Widespread Job Loss in Home Care »
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration in U.S. Congress could lead to the elimination of as many as 713,0...
Friday, June 30, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Nurses Matter! »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Dr. Walter Lawrence, Jr., is ninety years old and still seeing patients twice a week at the Mc...
Friday, June 30, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Revises Format for Plan of Correction »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Survey and Certification Division has issued new guidance rega...
Monday, June 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Friday, June 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Senate Health Reform Legislation Unveiled: How it Impacts Home Care »
This week the U.S. Senate released the draft form of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also referred to as "Trumpcare",...
Thursday, June 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Interpretive Guidelines Issued for Emergency Preparedness Final Rule »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. On September 16, 2016, the final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and...
Friday, June 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Action Alert: Ask Florida Senators To Reject Medicaid Cuts »
The United States Senate is on the verge of dramatically cutting Medicaid funding to the tune of $600 billion dollars annu...
Friday, June 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Yates…or Perhaps, YIKES! »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. The so-called "Yates Memo," entitled "Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing," m...
Thursday, June 15, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Report: Florida Among the Worst in the Nation for Access to Home Care »
A new report from AARP shows that Florida is the second worst state in the nation at providing Medicaid-funded home- a...
Friday, June 9, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
"Fixes" for the Medicare Appeals Process? »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Although federal law requires the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) to hear appea...
Thursday, June 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Face-to-Face Legislation/Physician Certification Introduced in Congress »
The long-awaited face-to-face/physician certification legislation has finally been introduced in Congress, giving hope to...
Friday, June 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Home Health PEPPER is HOT! »
By Melinda Gaboury One of the Hot Topics surrounding the medical review contractors and Medicare MACs is Home Health PE...
Friday, June 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Most Americans Over 40 Want Medicare to Cover Long-Term Care »
Most Americans 40 years old and older believe Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, accordin...
Friday, June 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Home Health Aide is Most In-Demand Job of 2017 »
The most in-demand job for 2017 is home health aide, according to a new report from CareerCast, which uses numbers from th...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Providers Urge Delay of Home Health Rule »
Providers have until the end of this week to push the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to officially del...
Friday, May 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Home Care: The Main Thing »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq.   I have a collection of buttons gathered over the years at various state and nationa...

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