Counterpoint: Elimination of RAPs Isn’t a ‘Sky-Is-Falling Issue’

Since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its proposal to phase out Requests for Anticipated Payments (RAPs) last month, home health providers have voiced their concerns about what the change will mean for them. Industry-wide, the consensus isn’t good. Many providers worry the removal of RAPs, in addition to the other regulatory […]

At Least 2.5 Million Home Health Patients Using Medical Equipment Vulnerable to Natural Disasters

With Hurricane Barry making landfall in Louisiana earlier this week, severe weather season is officially upon us. While no deaths have yet been reported yet as a result of the storm as of Tuesday, natural disasters such as hurricanes, fires and tornadoes present life-threatening risks for home-based care recipients nationwide, especially those who depend on […]

House Lawmakers Reintroduce Independence at Home Demonstration Act

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers took the first swing at extending the Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Program last week, reintroducing H.R. 3644 on July 9.  The bill was reintroduced in the House by Reps. Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.). “The Independence at Home […]

Lawmakers to Verma: Time to Ditch PDGM’s Behavioral Assumptions

The flood of home health support from Congress on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) front continues. On July 2, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, urging the agency’s leader to revisit certain widely opposed provisions of PDGM during CMS’s annual rulemaking […]

House Lawmakers Looking to Relax Anti-Kickback Rules in Value-Based Care Arrangements

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is looking to relax federal anti-kickback rules related to how, when and where physicians refer their patients. Doing so could mean smoother referral relationships for home health providers, especially the biggest ones and those operating within an accountable care organization (ACO). Efforts to loosen anti-kickback regulations come from the […]

BETTER Act Calls for In-Home Telehealth Expansion, Unified PAC Payment ‘Prototype’

A relatively little-known bill in the home health care world currently being marked up in the U.S. House of Representatives could have a big impact on providers — and the post-acute care space overall. Introduced on June 21 by Reps. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the Beneficiary Education Tools Telehealth Extender Reauthorization (BETTER) […]