The Legal Case for Home Health Telehealth Reimbursement

Although this may soon change, home health providers remain limited in using telehealth technologies in their day-to-day operations. In March, Congress made it clear through the CARES Act that the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should do everything in its power to promote the use of telehealth tools during the COVID-19 emergency. […]

What Home-Based Care Agencies Need to Know About OSHA’s New Guidelines

In an effort to ease some of the COVID-19 burden, federal regulators have relaxed certain restrictions on home-based care providers since the Trump administration declared a public health emergency on March 13. But while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies loosen their grip, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) […]

Sen. Susan Collins Plans to Introduce Home Health Telehealth Reimbursement Bill ‘Soon’

Here’s the situation: Amid the coronavirus, a home health provider needs to figure out how to source enough personal protective equipment (PPE) so that its 3,000 caregivers can serve roughly 9,000 senior patients. While looking for supplies, it must also consider that pricing is 10 times higher than usual and the fact the organization has […]

Home Health Industry ‘Getting Closer’ to Reimbursement for Telehealth Visits

Despite significant roadblocks, the home health industry is getting closer to securing direct reimbursement for visits delivered via telehealth technology, industry insiders believe. Over the past two few months, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the White House have taken numerous steps to ramp up the use of telehealth services during the […]

With Key Deadline Approaching, Paycheck Protection Program Still ‘Murky’ for In-Home Care Providers

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to encourage small businesses to keep workers on staff. Yet despite over a month having passed since the program was implemented, smaller home health and home care companies remain confused about how to employ PPP — and whether […]

As COVID-19 Cases Mount, National Spotlight Turns to Hazard Pay for Front-Line Workers

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, so has the national conversation surrounding hazard pay for essential front-line workers. Since the coronavirus outbreak began, in-home care workers have helped lead the charge on care delivery, often putting their health and wellness at risk. To reward those workers and encourage them to keep on fighting, many home-based […]

House Stimulus Package Sets Aside $200 Billion for Front-Line Worker Hazard Pay

On Tuesday, House Democrats unveiled the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, the latest COVID-19 stimulus bill. Of note for home-based care providers hoping to keep their front-line staff, the proposed relief package includes a $200 billion fund for essential worker hazard pay.  Increasingly, the coronavirus has placed home-based care workers on […]