NAHC’s Dombi: COVID-19 Tests Have Limitations, Shouldn’t Be Viewed as ‘Panacea’

Home health operators shouldn’t get overly excited about federal testing support just yet. William A. Dombi — president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group — is cautioning providers to take a measured view of the conversation regarding potential COVID-19 tests being sent to the home health […]

Home Health Agencies Still Waiting for Details After Feds Float Plans to Distribute Point-of-Care COVID-19 Tests

Although the concrete details are unknown, the federal government appears to be taking steps toward distributing point-of-care COVID-19 diagnostic tests to home health agencies, which have largely been prioritized behind skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other congregate aging services providers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Aug. 27 that it […]

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 […]

CMS: True Telehealth Change Will Require Congressional Action

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new rule that would make certain COVID-19-related telehealth flexibilities introduced over the past few months permanent for Medicare beneficiaries. The move comes in conjunction with an executive order from President Trump to improve rural and telehealth access.  While CMS’s proposed rule potentially paves the […]

What Home Health Providers Need to Know Before a Medicare Part B Expansion

Home health providers that are looking to tap into new revenue streams may turn to more Medicare Part B services moving forward. But these companies need to have a firm understanding of the reimbursement rules in order for their efforts to be fruitful. The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), industry consolidation and the Review Choice Demonstration […]

Dombi: Regulatory Flexibilities Mean More Competition for Home Health Providers

Home-based care providers are at the forefront of the nation’s fight against the coronavirus; yet they still lack the full federal help they need to succeed.  Meanwhile, regulatory flexibilities for hospitals and other health care providers are creating newfound competition for home health and home care agencies. “So far, it has been difficult to measure […]

VNSNY Agrees to $57M Settlement in Whistleblower Suit Related to Physician Care Plans

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) announced Thursday it will pay $57 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former executive more than five years ago. On its end, the record-setting settlement allows VNSNY, the nation’s largest nonprofit home- and community-based care services provider, to move on from a long-running legal […]

[Updated] CMS Proposes $540M Home Health Payment Boost, Permanent Telehealth Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to make telehealth flexibilities for home health providers introduced in light of the coronavirus permanent. Yet providers would still be forced to provide the virtual care without payment. CMS detailed that proposal and others Thursday afternoon, along with its annual suggested update to the 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 […]