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Wednesday, September 28, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Pre-Claim Review Legislation Introduced: The PUSH Act 6226 »
A bill introduced on September 28 by Reps. Tom Price (R-GA-6) and James McGovern (D-MA-2) would impose a one year moratori...
Tuesday, September 27, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Home Health Agencies »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final rules regarding emergency preparedness. The final...
Monday, September 19, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Halts Pre-Claim Review Demo in Florida »
After months of advocating on behalf of Florida providers, we have very good news to report. CMS just announced that they...
Friday, September 2, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Florida Senators Call for Pre-Claim Review Demonstration Delay and Changes »
After Florida providers met with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. last month, countless calls and letters to lawmaker offices...
Monday, August 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Participate in HCAF's 2016 Salary & Benefits Survey! »
    For many years now, HCAF has been conducting a salary and fringe benefit survey of the home health ind...
Monday, August 1, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Extends Home Health Moratorium Statewide in Florida »
Thank you to our national partners at the National Associaiton of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) for contributing to this re...
Monday, June 27, 2016
CMS Issues Proposed Rule: 2017 Payment Rates, Value-Based Purchasing Pilot, and More »
On June 27th, 2016 CMS issued the proposed rule for the 2017 HHPPS rate update. Click here to read the prop...
Friday, June 17, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Recap: CMS Pre-Claim Review Demonstration Special Open Door Forum June 14, 2016 »
 A special thank you to our friends at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) for contributing thi...
Friday, June 10, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Announces Start Date for Florida Prior Authorization Demonstration »
Despite our best efforts to fight against it, CMS just announced they will be moving forward with a 3-year Medicare prior...
Friday, June 10, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
HbA1c LCD Update »
There has been an additional change in the PGBA LCD for Type 11 Diabetes Mellitus since the LCD was changed on May 5, 2016...
Friday, June 3, 2016
UPDATED: CMS Proposes Major Changes in Discharge Planning for Hospitals »
PART 1   On November 3, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is scheduled to publish pr...
Friday, June 3, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tips for Getting Through the Second Round of Probe and Educate »
Well known to home health providers is that the first round of Probe and Educate has produced high denial rates related to...
Thursday, May 19, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Significant Overtime Rule »
On May 18th, The U.S. Department of Labor released a new overtime final rule that will dramatically impact home health pro...
Friday, May 13, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Before You File Your Tax Return, Consider This... »
    You may be able to claim Federal Tax Credits for Hiring Caregivers under the Work Opportunity...
Friday, May 6, 2016
Notes From Latest CMS Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Op...
Friday, May 6, 2016   (1 Comment - view/add)
Still No Word from Supreme Court on Overtime Lawsuit »
The wheels of justice move slowly, particularly when the U.S. Supreme Court is involved. On November 19, 2015, NAHC and it...
Friday, April 1, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Palm Beach County Home Caregivers Ordinance Licensing Begins on April 4th »
As you are aware, the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners passed the Home Caregiver Ordinance in October 2015. HCAF w...
Thursday, March 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Department of Labor Releases Guide on Paying Minimum Wage and Overtime for Home Care Workers »
Since publication of the Home Care Final Rule, the Department of Labor (DOL) has been speaking with stakeholders to help e...
Friday, March 25, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
OCR LAUNCHES PHASE 2 OF HIPAA AUDIT PROGRAM: ARE YOU PREPARED? »
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), announced on March 21, 2016 the launc...
Thursday, March 17, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
MedPAC Releases 2016 Annual Report to Congress »
On March 15, The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) released their annual report offering Medicare payment re...
Thursday, March 10, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Golden Opportunity for Providers to Claim Federal Tax Credits for Hiring Certain Caregivers »
Many providers go about hiring staff simply because there is a need. What many do not realize it that your company can get...
Thursday, March 3, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS publishes Medicare Fee-for-Service Provider & Supplier Lists »
In an effort to improve care delivery, data sharing, and transparency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (C...
Wednesday, February 17, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Final Rule on Overpayments »
Overpayments are defined as any funds that providers receive or retain under Title XVII of the Social Security Act to whic...
Friday, February 12, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Issues a New Condition Code for Home Health Claims »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request(CR) 9497 which adds a new condition cod...
Friday, February 12, 2016   (1 Comment - view/add)
Medicare Proposes Prior Authorization of Home Health Services Demonstration »
(CMS-10406 and CMS-10599, Federal Register Number 2016-02277)   Background:   On February...
Tuesday, February 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicare Prior Authorization Proposed for Home Health Services »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a demonstration program on Medicare home health prior author...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Moratoria on Enrollment of Home Health Agencies Extended »
CMS announced the extension of the temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare home health agencies (HHAs),...
Thursday, December 31, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Legislation to Allow Occupational Therapists to Conduct Initial Assessment for Therapy-Only Care »
On December 8, 2015, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Medicare Ho...
Tuesday, December 29, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Releases New Draft OASIS-C2 Item Set »
On December 22, CMS released a a draft version of its  Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS ) C2 data item s...
Tuesday, December 22, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Releases Rich Database on Home Health Utilization and Payment »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a database on Medicare home health utilization and payme...
Friday, December 18, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Preparing for the Value Based Purchasing Pilot: 2 Critical Steps for All Medicare Providers »
January 1 st and the start of HHVBP is just a few weeks away. Therefore, it is imperative that if you have not already...
Thursday, December 10, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Senate Committee Introduces Bill to Reduce Medicare Appeals Backlog »
On Wednesday, December 9, United States Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden...
Wednesday, November 18, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Legislation Introduced Allowing Veterans to Receive Telehealth Services in Their Homes »
On Wednesday, November 18, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss the Veterans E-Health & Te...
Monday, November 16, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Releases Final Rule: Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model »
On November 16, CMS published the final rule on bundled payments for joint replacement patients in certain pilot areas of...
Tuesday, November 10, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Issues Instructions for Probe & Educate Program »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued MLN Matters® article SE1524 which provides instruction...

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