[Updated] CMS Announces New, More Provider-Friendly Rules for Advanced and Accelerated Loan Repayment

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced amended terms Thursday for accelerated and advanced payments granted to Medicare-certified health care providers — including home health agencies — during the public health emergency. Under the new “Continuing Appropriations Act” of 2021 and “Other Extensions Act,” repayment for providers will now begin one year […]

‘An Absolute Travesty’: Home Health Advocates Make Last-Ditch Effort to Delay Review Choice Demonstration

When the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) would resume for participating states in August, home-based care providers and advocates were up in arms over the decision.  But as the resumption date approaches, industry advocates are making a last-ditch effort to get CMS’s attention and persuade […]

Rural Markets May Offer Huge Upside for Home Care Providers Looking to Break into Medicare Advantage

Many home care providers jumped at the chance to create new Medicare Advantage (MA) business lines after the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began making supplemental benefits more flexible more than two years ago. Now, those same providers that got into MA early are beginning to better understand the space while hunting […]

Coronavirus Daily Update: PQHH Sends New Letter to CMS; LeadingAge Responds to Trump’s Testing Statement

During this critical time, Home Health Care News remains committed to bringing you all the essential news related to home-based care operations. At the same time, we also recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our regular content, we’ll continue to highlight industry-related developments and mitigation strategies in this rolling bulletin. What […]

‘Nothing Is Recession-Proof’: What an Economic Downturn Means for Home-Based Care Providers

While the U.S. economy has sunk into its first official recession since 2008, home-based care experts are largely confident in the industry’s ability to withstand emerging economic hardships. In fact, “recession-proof” is the term many often use. Soaring demand, an evolving payment landscape and shifting consumer demographics may protect home-based care providers from too much […]

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 […]

‘They Shot from the Hip’: Home Health Providers Sound Off on CMS

The COVID-19 virus has thrown a wrench into any home health care plans the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initially had for 2020. Instead of mainly focusing on the launch of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and other initiatives, the agency has had to make a slew of critical decisions in support […]

As Older Adults Are Increasingly Isolated, Advocates Call for Medicare Home Care Benefit

The COVID-19 virus has driven much discussion over the best ways to revamp home-based care moving forward. Suggestions as to how to do that have ranged from small tweaks to seismic shifts, from fine-tuning documentation requirements to allowing for direct telehealth reimbursement. While seemingly endless, all of the ideas are valuable, CareAcademy CMO and co-founder […]