‘Hundreds of Millions of Dollars’ Being Put Toward At-Home Testing Efforts, HHS Says

On Monday morning, Moderna (Nasdaq: MRNA) announced that its COVID-19 vaccine trials showed a near-95% effectiveness rate. That news comes just a week after Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) reported its own vaccine was about 90% effective. That’s all good news. But it coincides with a much harsher reality in the U.S.: the virus’ spread is more […]

HHS Prioritizing ‘Largest’ Home Health Agencies for Federally Distributed COVID-19 Tests

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has offered further clarification on its COVID-19 testing strategy for home health agencies. According to an online “index” of its distribution efforts, HHS is sending tests to the “largest 100+” home health and hospice agencies, with those providers then tasked with distributing COVID-19 tests to locations […]

‘There’s No Undoing This Revolution’: HHS Secretary Alex Azar Touts In-Home Care, Virtual Visits

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar believes that COVID-19 has led to a health care revolution, one that will include a larger focus on care in the home. Specifically, Azar thinks the increase in telehealth usage and a stronger focus on social determinants of health will be major influences in […]

HHS Adds $20B to Provider Relief Fund for Home Health Agencies, Others

The federal government announced Thursday that the Provider Relief Fund will be replenished with a tranche of $20 billion. Unlike some of the previous rounds of relief, home health providers and others will have to apply for funding. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin accepting applications from providers on Oct. […]

HHS Delays Provider Relief Fund Spending Reports Until 2021

Home health providers that received more than $10,000 from the COVID-19-inspired Provider Relief Fund will need to account for all of the grant funds they spent by Feb. 15 at the latest, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced earlier this week. When the Provider Relief Fund was established, health care providers […]

Coronavirus Daily Update: Home Care Providers Target PPP Funding; White House Reacts to Internal Outbreak

During this critical time, Home Health Care News remains committed to bringing you all the essential news related to home-based care operations. At the same time, we also recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our regular content, we’ll continue to highlight industry-related developments and mitigation strategies in this rolling bulletin. What […]

Encompass Health CFO: PDGM Has Been ‘Greatly Exacerbated’ by COVID-19

Like most in the health care sector, Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) took a hit to its business in March as the COVID-19 outbreak intensified. Usually bullish on its near-term home health and hospice projections, the Birmingham, Alabama-based company is now more focused on getting back to a sense of normalcy. Encompass Health leadership detailed […]

OIG: Iowa Overpaid Medicaid-Reimbursed Home Health Providers by $37.1M

The state of Iowa did not sufficiently monitor its health home care program providers for at least four years, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in improper reimbursement, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found upon review.  The Medicaid health home care option allows states flexibility in creating programs that produce care coordination and […]