[Updated] House Passes CARES Act, Fast Forwarding Home Health Care Innovation Beyond COVID-19

The House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion stimulus package Friday, officially clearing one of the last major hurdles for the emergency bill set to aid both American companies and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. The record-breaking stimulus package also includes several provisions aimed at home health providers. Now signed into law, it will likely […]

President Trump Reauthorizes Older Americans Act

President Donald Trump signed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 into law Wednesday. By doing so, the president reauthorized the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA provides funding for services to thousands of agencies and organizations to help seniors maintain dignity and keep them out of nursing homes and hospitals. Originally enacted in 1965, […]

[Updated] $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Would Relax Home Health Certification Requirements, Encourage Telehealth Use

Political leaders agreed to one of the most expensive legislative packages in the history of Congress on Wednesday, finalizing the details of a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill. While the record-breaking package has far-reaching implications for the overall economy, it also reportedly includes specific language that could trigger significant change throughout the home-based care landscape […]

Home Care Agencies Seek Exemption Status in Potentially Devastating COVID-19 Relief Law

Home care providers waiting to see how they’ll be affected by new federally mandated paid sick leave policies tied to the COVID-19 emergency will likely have to wait a little longer. On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law, which — broadly — gives workers guaranteed paid […]

Federally Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Would ‘Add Fuel to the Fire’ for In-Home Care Providers

As the national concern over COVID-19 — the coronavirus — continues to grow, U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require all employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. If passed, the bills would likely place a bigger squeeze on the country’s home-based care providers, which often operate on razor-thin profit margins. On Friday, […]

Coronavirus Scare Likely to Boost Telehealth Adoption Among Home-Based Care Providers

On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that will provide $8.3 billion in emergency funds to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Apart from funding, the bill made major changes to telehealth statutes, possibly allowing home-based care providers to both rely heavier on telehealth tools and be properly reimbursed for […]

Survey: 80% of Home Health Agencies Experiencing Early Reimbursement Turbulence

Under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), 80% of home health agencies are experiencing a difference in reimbursement compared to the old Prospective Payment System (PPS). Of those, the vast majority — 82% — are experiencing a decrease in reimbursement. That’s according to a recent survey of 127 home health agencies conducted by information technology firm […]

‘Wake-Up Call’ Prompts $8.5M Emergency Reimbursement Effort

The shutdown of a major nonprofit home care provider in one state has motivated lawmakers to seek emergency action to the tune of $8.5 million. The move is a reminder of how important home-based care has become for state policymakers. Maine State Senator Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, recently announced plans to introduce emergency legislation that, […]