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Friday, January 30, 2015
MedPAC Solidifies 2016 Payment Recommendations for Home Health »
In mid-January, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met to finalize recommendations for inclusion in its ann...
Friday, January 23, 2015
How Many Stars Will It Take to Keep Your Business Afloat? »
This week at HCAF’s Winter Mini Conference, many attendees gained valuable information about  CMS's new 5 Star rankin...
Friday, January 23, 2015
Medicare Spending Peaks for Beneficiaries in their Mid-90s »
A new study in the journal Health Affairs found that Medicare per capita spending for beneficiaries with traditional Medic...
Friday, January 9, 2015
Judge Clears the Way for Face-to-Face Lawsuit to Proceed »
A federal district court has issued a victory for home health agencies in the fight to overturn thousands of unfair Medica...
Friday, January 9, 2015
REMINDER: Several CMS Change Requests Became Effective as of January 1st »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several Change Requests that provide guidance to the Med...
Friday, December 19, 2014
CMS Holds Face to Face Call »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a long-awaited National Provider call on the revised home heal...
Friday, December 19, 2014
Congress Issues Report to CMS Asking it to Justify its Face-to-Face Policy »
Report accompanied the 2015 omnibus continuing resolution that funds the government through FY 2015 Congress has sent...
Friday, December 12, 2014
What HIPAA Says About Sharing Information with Spouses and Family Members »
    The following article was written by   Elizabeth E.  Hogue , Esq. Elizabeth is an attorney speci...
Friday, December 12, 2014
CMS: National Health Expenditures Continued Slow Growth in 2013 »
Health spending continued to grow at a slow rate last year the Office of the Actuary (OACT) at the Centers for Medicare &a...
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Update on Face-to-Face Lawsuit »
HCAF continues to support the NAHC lawsuit against CMS for the purpose of returning Medicare claims dollars that were unfa...
Friday, November 21, 2014
CMS Holds its Latest Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently hosted its most recent Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open...
Friday, November 21, 2014
OMB Finishes Review of Final Rule Aimed at Fraudulent Medicare Providers »
Bloomberg BNA recently reported that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has completed its review of a f...
Friday, November 14, 2014
NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ (NIDDK) National Diabetes Ed »
A newly published set of 10 guiding principles highlights areas of agreement for diabetes care that could be clinically us...
Friday, November 7, 2014
Changes to the DEA Disposal Act »
After changes made to the Disposal Act by a DEA final rule, which became effective October 9, 2014, members should become...
Friday, November 7, 2014
CMS Revises Time Frames for Medical Review Determinations »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) has issued Change Request (CR) 8443, which instructs the Medicare cl...
Friday, November 7, 2014
OIG Releases 2015 Work Plan »
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released its annual work plan.  The Work Plan for 2015 s...
Friday, October 31, 2014
New CBO Report Calls for Stronger Medicare Anti-Fraud Reforms »
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report, “How Initiatives to Reduce Fraud in Federal Health Care...
Friday, October 31, 2014
HHS Holds Forum on Medicare Appeals Backlog »
The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) at the US Department of Health and Human Services held its second forum...
Friday, October 24, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Why A Check-Up On Your Home Health Compliance Plan Is A Good Idea »
In January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second wave of temporary moratoria in certa...
Friday, October 17, 2014
Home Care and Hospice Preparation for Ebola »
SPECIAL EDITOR’S NOTE :  Special thanks to Barbara Citarella, MS, RN, RBC, Limited Healthcare & Management, ...
Friday, October 10, 2014
Medicare Administrative Contractors to Increase Participation in ALJ Hearings »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request (CR) 8501 - Defending Medicare Revi...
Friday, October 10, 2014
CMS Releases Proposed Home Health Conditions of Participation »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued the long-awaited Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoPs...
Friday, October 3, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
MedPAC Outlines Upcoming Report to Congress »
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met on September 12, 2014 to go over its pending report to Congress rega...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
CMS Attempts to Reduce Backlog of Appeals of Medicare Claims Denials »
  The following article was written by   Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. Elizabeth is an attorney specializing in hom...
Friday, September 5, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
ACHC Survey Tips: How to Avoid the Top Three Home Health Survey Deficiencies »
By Lisa Meadows     This article was reproduced from HCAF Associate Member ACHC in order to...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Participate in this year’s HCAF Salary & Benefits Survey! »
  For several years now, HCAF has been conducting a salary and fringe benefit survey of the home health industry in...

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