CMS Will Not Delay Home Health CoPs

Despite giving agencies a reprieve this past summer by delaying the implementation of the new home health  Conditions of Participation (CoPs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) remains headstrong in upholding its effective date of January 13, 2018—despite not issuing a final version of Interpretive Guidelines. With no guidelines, industry stakeholders have been […]

House Lawmakers Agree that Face-to-Face Woes Must End

The voices of home health providers advocating against Medicare face-to-face documentation requirements have been heard by lawmakers — and providers have reason to be hopeful. The face-to-face documentation requirements, as they stand, are “one of the greatest burdens” faced by home health providers today, according to Sarah Myers, executive director of the Oregon Association for Home Care. […]

NAHC Asks Court to Delay Home Care Wage, Overtime Regs

Two motions have been filed in the case over the extension of minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly 2 million home care workers, one seeking to expedite implementation and the other aiming to delay the rule going into effect. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and two other associations filed a […]

Editor’s Picks: NAHC on Face-to-Face Lawsuit, Bundled Payment Risk

In case you missed them, here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus some other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Most Read NAHC President Optimistic About Face-to-Face Ruling—President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Val J. Halamandaris, told Home Health Care […]

Providers Mobilize Against Home Health Surety Bonds

Leaders in the home health care industry are urging providers to voice their opposition to recently proposed surety bonds, which one association says could have “serious negative effects” for home health businesses. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice, a nonprofit advocacy group, is leading the charge by encouraging providers to contact their elected […]

Home Care Fraud Allegations Call for More Internal Oversight Among Providers

Several home care fraud developments in New York, Rhode Island and Louisiana have led the National Assoication for Home Care and Hospice to recommend that providers “re-double” their internal efforts against fraud.  The association points to findings from the National Council on Medicare Home Care, a NAHC affiliate, that show Medicare fraud activity in areas […]

Home Care Group Plans CMS Lawsuit Over Home Health Rule

A home care industry trade group is exploring the possibility of filing suit against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services if it goes forward with implementing home health care face-to-face requirements under a health care reform provision. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice argues that more guidance and clarity is needed from […]

Senators Start New Push for Medicare Home Care Legislation

Two members of Congress are circulating a letter in support of legislation that would allow non-physician caregivers to certify Medicare home health plans of care.  The legislation, S. 1332, has been introduced previously, but never passed. Now it is receiving support from Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) who have circulated the “Dear […]