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CMS Issues Proposed Rule To Modernize Home Health Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued proposed regulation to modernize home health regulations for the first time since 1989 with a focus on patient-centered, well-coordinated care. The revision of the Home Health Conditions of Participation (HH CoPs) has been long-awaited, industry players say. Although CMS has made several significant revisions to the HH […]

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Labor Department: Protections for Home Care Workers Go Into Effect Jan. 1, Enforcement Delayed

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that it will uphold its Jan. 1, 2015 timeline for extending federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers, despite calls for a delay in implementation, but it will temporarily delay its enforcement of the new rule. National workers’ advocacy, civil rights and women’s groups recently […]

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President Obama Signs Law To Bring Oversight to Hospices

President Obama signed into law a bill to create greater oversight within the hospice community. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, or IMPACT Act (H.R. 4994), received support from both Democrats and Republicans, and received praise from multiple health care and senior living organizations. The IMPACT Act also requires more frequent surveys of hospice […]

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SAVE Medicare Home Health Act Gains Support in Congress

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health care providers, has issued further emphasis on supporting legislation that would halt the “arbitrary” 14% cut to the Medicare home health benefit beginning Jan. 1. The coalition calls for increased support for the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act, which would […]

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Home Health Industry Applauds Bill to Increase Hospice Surveys

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for greater survey frequency for hospices has garnered applause from home health industry advocates.  The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, which passed the House on September 16, includes provisions mandating that all hospices are surveyed, at a minimum, once every three […]

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