Low on Resources, Home-Based Care Providers Continue to Navigate COVID-19 Crisis in the Dark

In New York, the epicenter of the U.S. public health emergency, home health and home care agencies continue to face staffing challenges and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages while caring for hundreds of COVID-19 patients. That’s according to a survey released Monday from the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA-NYS), which included responses […]

More Telehealth, Less Red Tape: What Agencies Should Know About CMS’s Home Health Changes

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took “unprecedented” action to reduce red tape for home health care agencies and other Medicare providers on Monday. Although the changes are, in theory, temporary, many home health stakeholders welcomed the newfound flexibility aimed at the COVID-19 pandemic. Some, however, were left scratching their heads, confused […]

[Updated] $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Would Relax Home Health Certification Requirements, Encourage Telehealth Use

Political leaders agreed to one of the most expensive legislative packages in the history of Congress on Wednesday, finalizing the details of a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill. While the record-breaking package has far-reaching implications for the overall economy, it also reportedly includes specific language that could trigger significant change throughout the home-based care landscape […]

As National Response to Coronavirus Hits Critical Juncture, Home-Based Care Providers Fight for More Support

The United States — now with more confirmed cases than all but two countries — has hit a critical juncture in the uphill battle against the coronavirus. But home- and community-based health care providers are still left fighting for more support. Home Health Care News caught up with National Association for Home Care & Hospice […]

Trump Administration Announces More Relaxed Restrictions on Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Emergency

One of the first moves from Washington, D.C., in reaction to COVID-19 was an $8.3 billion dollar funding bill that included some relaxed restrictions on telehealth services. On Tuesday, the U.S Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advanced those efforts to make telehealth tools more accessible to health care providers and practitioners. It is […]

Over-Capacity Challenges Loom Large as US COVID-19 Hospitalizations Projected to Reach 4.8M

Over the past two weeks, home health providers and industry advocates have expressed serious concern about over-capacity issues the COVID-19 pandemic may cause. Recently leaked information from an American Hospital Association (AHA) webinar suggests those concerns are well-founded. While the home health industry hasn’t been drastically disrupted by COVID-19 so far, that may change in […]

Avoiding Panic, Educating Staff Keys to Surviving Coronavirus Scare

The U.S. Senate approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding on Thursday in response to COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. At least 11 deaths have now been tied to the virus in the United States, with California officially declaring a state of emergency. For the home-based care industry, aggressive preparation has become paramount, especially […]

As Confirmed Cases Rise, Home Health Industry Turns Its Attention to Coronavirus

COVID-19 — the viral disease more commonly known as the coronavirus — is spreading. Already, concern has grown throughout the senior living and skilled nursing spaces, especially after confirmed cases surfaced at a Kirkland, Washington-based long-term care facility. The home health care industry has also started to prepare for possible disruption. “People have been asking […]

Dombi: Time to Make Senior Care a National Priority

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is sponsoring a resolution to once again amplify aging-related issues through the Permanent Select Committee on Aging. The committee would aim to better address various issues that affect seniors, such as housing, long-term care and poverty, among others. A lot of the panel’s focus on its first near 20-year run […]