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 […]

Home Care Association Boosts Medicaid Expertise With New Hires

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced today the arrival of two new staff members from its affiliate, The National Council on Medicaid Home Care. Michelle Martin, JD, joins the council as Policy Director, while Steve Postal, JD, takes on the responsibilities of developing and managing the Medicaid Home Care Resource Center, […]

Home Health Co-Pays Proposed in Obama Budget, Services “At Risk”

The Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget released earlier this week included several proposals that put essential home health services at risk, according to industry professionals. The budget included a co-payment for home health services of $100 per home health episode. This would apply to episodes with five or more visits not preceded by a hospital […]

Obama Applauded for Remarks on Quality of Care for Seniors

Amid the variety of topics President Obama discussed in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the Commander in Chief did touch on the need to address the rising cost of health care.   Acknowledging rising costs of health care are the biggest driver of the nation’s long-term debt, Obama expressed that those who care […]

Govt. Inspector Finds 25% of Home Health Agencies Make Inappropriate Medicare Claims

A Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released today finds that one in four Home Health Agencies (HHA) participated in questionable billing activity in 2010. The report, titled Inappropriate and Questionable Billing by Medicare Home Health Agencies, breaks down the $5 million Medicare paid to HHAs for inappropriate health […]

NAHC to Medicare: Increase Long-Term In-Home Care Coverage

NAHC to Medicare: Increase Long-Term In-Home Care Coverage Medicare celebrated its 47th birthday Monday and while it seems to be getting enough attention in the political arena, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice took the program’s birthday as an opportunity to offer some suggestions to help keep the Medicare program intact and void […]