House Bill Seeks to Modify Medicare’s Face-to-Face Requirement for Home Health Providers

A recently introduced federal bill aims to dramatically reduce red tape for Medicare-certified home health providers — at least for now. In May, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez — a Democrat from New York — introduced a bill that would allow home health providers to be reimbursed for services without adhering to the in-person face-to-face Medicare […]

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Home Health Providers May See Spike in Whistleblower Lawsuits

Home health providers have had to navigate through a slew of regulatory changes over the past three months. Some of those changes will end up permanent, while others are bound to go away. Non-physician certification, telehealth technology and new infection control protocols are examples of long-lasting changes linked to the COVID-19 virus. Meanwhile, cash flow […]

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 […]