Confirmation Delay for Next CMS Administrator Could Cause Problems for Home-Based Care Providers

It has been over three months since former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma resigned from her post. As of Wednesday, no one has officially filled the position’s void. The Biden administration’s pick for administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, has yet to be confirmed by the Senate due to ongoing partisan disputes. For […]

Allegheny Health Network Expands Hospital-at-Home Program as CMS Waiver Total Hits 80

The Acute Hospital Care At Home initiative from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now has at least 80 participants, Administrator Seema Verma announced Wednesday. Unveiled in November, the initiative has been growing rapidly, especially of late. On its end, CMS hopes the emerging hospital-at-home models can increase acute care capacity and […]

An ‘Awkward Transition Year’: Why 2021 Will Look Different in Home Health with New RAP Adjustments

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final 2021 home health payment rule in late October. When it came out, some providers were less than pleased. On one hand, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) wasn’t substantially altered to balance out its flawed behavioral assumptions. On another, there are also a few […]

Senator Susan Collins Joins Other Lawmakers, Asks CMS to Ditch PDGM’s 4.36% Behavioral Adjustment

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) has sent a letter to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on behalf of home health providers, urging the agency to reconsider the 4.36% behavioral adjustment baked into the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) this year and in 2021.  Collins isn’t alone. U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, a Republican from […]

‘Technology Is Here to Stay’: Why Today’s Investments Will Pay Off Tomorrow

Between the Patient-Driven Groupings Model and the COVID-19 virus, home health providers are arguably facing the most volatile environment in their industry’s history. At the same time, millions of people are now looking for safer and simpler ways to receive care, which only boosts demand for in-home care services. Looking back, rapidly evolving technology, legislation […]

‘Real Accommodations for Providers’: House Bill Takes Aim at Advance and Accelerated Loan Repayment

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a funding bill Tuesday that should catch the attention of home health operators. The bill included a provision aimed at lessening the burden associated with paying back advance and accelerated payments, which the Trump administration made available to financially support Medicare providers amid spring COVID-19 spikes. Specifically, the provision […]

More Than Half of All Home Health Agencies Have Treated COVID-19 Patients

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially closed its public comment window for the 2021 proposed home health payment rule on Monday. Unlike the past couple of years, the latest proposed payment rule included relatively minor changes and rate adjustments for the year ahead. In light of the mild proposal, CMS only […]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes for Increased PPE, Telehealth Payment for In-Home Care Providers

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Ny.) is asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that in-home care providers have access to essential resources amid the coronavirus.   Throughout the public health emergency, home health and home care providers have been vocal about the challenges […]

How MedStar Health Went from 10 Virtual Visits Per Week — to 4,000 Per Day

Before COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., MedStar Health was scheduling about 10 telehealth visits per week. During the height of COVID-19, that number increased to nearly 4,000 visits — per day. “Things have tailed off, but [they] certainly won’t ever go back to where they were,” David Brennan, MedStar’s director of telehealth initiatives, said […]