Alliance Homecare CEO on COVID-19 Response: ‘I Feel Like We’re Being Left Behind’

In mid-March, Alliance Homecare attempted to acquire 400 COVID-19 tests from Lenco, a Brooklyn, New York-based lab. While the private-pay home health and home care provider was initially told it had a 99% chance of receiving those tests, its request was ultimately denied. Now, more than two weeks later, Alliance and other New York-based in-home […]

Loopholes in COVID-19 Unemployment Program Threaten to Deplete Home Care Workforce

In the past two weeks, nearly 10 million people have filed for unemployment, pushing the jobless rate “certainly higher than at any point since the Great Depression,” according to the New York Times. These unprecedented times have prompted unprecedented benefits: Thanks to new pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic […]

GreatCall CEO: Health Care System Stretched Thinner Than Ever Because of COVID-19

COVID-19 has opened the floodgates for adoption of telehealth services, creating newfound opportunities for technology companies looking to change the way health care is delivered by moving more care into the home and out of institutional settings. One such company is GreatCall, acquired by electronics retail giant Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) for a whopping $800 […]

More Telehealth, Less Red Tape: What Agencies Should Know About CMS’s Home Health Changes

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took “unprecedented” action to reduce red tape for home health care agencies and other Medicare providers on Monday. Although the changes are, in theory, temporary, many home health stakeholders welcomed the newfound flexibility aimed at the COVID-19 pandemic. Some, however, were left scratching their heads, confused […]

Virtual Care Centers, Visit Cancellations and PPE Challenges: Inside Amedisys’s COVID-19 Response

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took multiple actions on Monday to further support home health providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, CMS loosened Medicare’s homebound requirement, suspended its pre-claim review demonstration and announced new telehealth flexibilities. While the “unprecedented” measures are undoubtedly beneficial, the situation on the ground suggests […]

CMS Expands Medicare Accelerated Payment Program to Help with COVID-19 Cash Flow Challenges

Health care policymakers are already taking advantage of the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help out Medicare-reimbursed providers struggling with cash flow. On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was expanding its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare providers, citing a need […]