‘Master Plan on Aging’ Bills Take Effect

For California’s older adult population, the aging-in-place floodgates are about to burst, as a series of aging-related bills take effect in January. In June, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that called for the creation of a “master plan on aging.” The plan was meant to serve as a blueprint for state and local […]

Presidential Candidate Buttigieg Proposes Increasing In-Home Care Access for Seniors

Democratic presidential hopeful and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, unveiled his plans to provide older adults access to long-term care, including in-home care, on Monday. For now, it’s unclear how much Buttigieg’s plan will cost. The candidate released a set of policy proposals — Dignity and Security in Retirement — that aims to lessen […]

Signs Point to Non-Physician Home Health Certification Initially Happening Under Medicare Advantage

A bill that would eliminate Medicare’s physician-certification policy has drawn industry-wide support. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may first opt to test non-physician certification through Medicare Advantage (MA) in lieu of traditional Medicare. The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019 — H.R. 2150 — was introduced in April. If […]

Post-Acute Care ‘Food Fight’ Brewing in Washington

There’s a political food fight brewing in the nation’s capital, health care policy insiders told Home Health Care News. And a possible overhaul to the entire post-acute care (PAC) sector is to blame. “One of the things I’m hearing out of Washington is that there are some stakeholders in the post-acute care space interested in […]

Third Time Could Be the Charm for Telehealth Medicare Legislation

Is the third time the charm for a bill that would expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services? A bipartisan group of lawmakers took another swing at introducing the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.  The bill was reintroduced by members […]

Trump Impeachment Investigation Stealing Spotlight From Home Health Industry’s PDGM Efforts

At first glance, it might be hard to spot a connection between the impeachment activity swirling around President Donald Trump and the home health industry. A deep dive into the current Washington, D.C.-landscape and national priorities, however, suggests the two are inevitably linked. With all eyes and ears tuned into impeachment talks on Capitol Hill, […]

Home Care Attorney: Bill Eliminating 24-Hour Home Care Shifts Unlikely to Pass

Lawmakers in one state made waves in the home care industry this September when they introduced a bill that would effectively eliminate 24-hour work shifts for caregivers.  Providers in New York, where the legislation was proposed, worry the bill would drastically increase labor costs if passed. But those concerns could be for naught, according to […]

Home-Based Care Providers Can’t Afford to Overlook These Legal ‘Sleeping Giants’ in 2020

Home-based care providers have no shortage of regulatory hurdles and legal changes to keep them on their toes. For most home health agencies, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) are top of mind. Meanwhile, home care agencies have minimum wage hikes and electronic visit verification (EVV) to worry about. With so […]

Bill That Could Increase Home Health Labor Costs Signed into Law

A labor bill that widens the scope of who is considered an employee in one state has been signed into law. California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed the legislation Wednesday — potentially creating problems for some home health and hospice providers there going forward. “It will definitely have implications for [home-based] care,” National Association […]