CMS Pauses RCD in Two States Ahead of PDGM — But Moves Ahead in Texas

Good news for home health providers in North Carolina and Florida: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will delay the implementation of Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) so agencies can adapt to the upcoming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) first. Providers in Texas, however, won’t be as lucky. CMS announced Wednesday it is moving forward […]

State Home Health Leaders Go on the PDGM Offensive 

On a federal level, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), LeadingAge and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) have all ramped up their home health advocacy efforts this summer and in early fall. Increasingly, state home health leaders have joined in on those efforts as well. Over the past three months, […]

Home Health Providers Braced for Hurricane Harvey

In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, local home health care providers geared up to hunker down. The storm, which reached the Texas coastline Friday, August 25, arrived months before home health care agencies are due to comply with new emergency preparedness standards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a […]

Texas Home Care Group Voices Concerns to Congress

A Texas home care and hospice group traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to voice its concerns to Congress regarding the affordability of care services. The Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice joined other industry providers from across the country who are participating in a nationwide appeal for congressional support. “Home care allows families […]

Texas Home Care Association Raises Major Concerns on Obama Budget Proposal

The Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice voiced concerns this week over two major home care provisions in the Obama Administration’s 2015 budget proposal released earlier this month: a home health co-pay and further reimbursement reductions to providers.  The timing of these changes would be problematic, the association said, following a 1% reduction in […]

Home Health Groups Applaud Latest Wave of CMS Moratoria

Both local and national home health care trade associations have voiced their approval of the recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that prevents the enrollment of new providers in the Medicare program for select cities.  Last week, CMS announced its temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new home health agencies. […]

Dallas News: Home Health to Blame for County’s Medicare Spending

Due to its being “plagued” by allegations of fraud and abuse, home health care is largely to blame for Medicare spending in Dallas County being among the highest in the nation, says a Dallas News report.  Two separate accounts conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and more recently by the Medicare […]