AARP Supports Wage Protections for Home Care Workers

Following the announcement Tuesday of a new rule that would grant minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s two million home care workers, AARP has weighed in on the topic by expressing its support. “AARP has long advocated for increasing access to home and community-based services for older adults and persons with disabilities,” said […]

HHS to Investigate DME Competitive Bidding Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced it will investigate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) controversial Competitive Bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME). The OIG informed U.S. Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Bruce Braley (D-IA) of its decision to initiate an investigation […]

Home Health Leaders: $100 Billion in Medicare Cuts Would be “Cataclysmic”

Home health industry leaders gathered today for a teleconference to discuss the alarming impacts of a rule that would bring Medicare payment cuts to tally nearly $100 billion in the coming years. The proposed rebasing rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looks to cut Medicare reimbursement payments 3.5% annually from 2014 […]

NAHC President Recognized on Healthcare’s Most Influential List

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2013.  The list, compiled by ModernHealthcare, is an annual ranking that “honors individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their by their peers and an expert panel to be […]

NAHC to Congress: Stop Cuts To Home Health Care Payments

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice has expressed its views on a recent House Ways and Means Committee proposed legislation on Medicare post-acute care, including a 1.1% cut in inflation updates that will impact home health care payments.   The association expressed concern over the impact, as it relates to home health care […]

CMS Imposes First-Ever Home Health Moratorium

In its latest efforts to combat fraudulent billing behavior, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed the first Affordable Care Act (ACA) moratorium to bar the enrollment of new home health providers in the federal program. “The goal of the temporary moratoria is to fight fraud and safeguard taxpayer dollars, while enduring […]

Home Care Workers Rally on Capitol Hill for Minimum Wage, Overtime Rights

Home care workers visited Capitol Hill in droves this week, rallying for minimum wage and overtime rights with leadership from the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  Speaking for pending regulation under the Obama Administration that would guarantee those benefits, those advocating for the labor rights told The Hill they are hopeful the rules will be finalized […]

Home Health Industry Seeks Exemption from Employer Insurance Mandate

The home health industry is seeking exemption from the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act that requires many employers to offer sponsored health care plans to employees.  The mandate is one of the most controversial under the landmark piece of legislation that is being phased in over the next several years, with home health […]

Home Care Providers Test Telehealth Tech on Congress Members

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently worked with members of Congress to demonstrate the value of telehealth technology.  Representatives from NAHC and its affiliate HCTAA were joined by Pat Laff, managing principal of home care consulting firm Laff Associates, and Anna Doyle, […]

Anti-Competitive DME Bidding Bill Gaining Momentum, Sponsors Increase

The bill that would put an end to Round 2 of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Competitive Bidding program has been gaining momentum in the House. Only two weeks after its introduction by Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), H.R. 1717 has garnered the support of 19 House […]