Home Health Leaders: MedPAC Home Health Margin Estimates are Dangerously Flawed, Risk Misleading Policymakers

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Washington, DC – The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (the Partnership) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today expressed serious concerns about the validity and reliability of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s) initial presentation on home health margins at its December public meeting. MedPAC’s flawed approach and misleading conclusions fail […]

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CMS Proposes Policy Changes to Medicare Part C and Part D 

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On November 5, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Contract Year 2025 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly; Health Information Technology Standards and Implementation Specifications. Key provisions in the proposed […]

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MedPAC Discusses Ambitious Hospice Workplan

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has a long history of examining the Medicare Hospice Benefit and over the years has made multiple recommendations that have resulted in hospice payment and policy changes. During its November meeting, the Commission discussed four hospice projects that it intends to pursue over the coming years. The projects are […]

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FY2024 Hospice Medicare and Medicaid Base Rates – At a Glance

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–Hospice Medicare FY2024 Pricer Now Available Beginning October 1, 2023, hospice base payment rates will increase by 3.1 percent, as published in the final FY 2024 Hospice Payment Rule.  As is customary, the Medicaid program waits until Medicare rates are finalized to issue guidance on the applicable corresponding hospice payment rates. The Centers for Medicare […]

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NAHC Testimony to Senate Leads Defense of Home Health Against CMS Proposed Rule

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William A. Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) led the defense of the home health industry at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee subcommittee on health care yesterday, telling lawmakers that proposed cuts to the home health payment rate by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

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How to Maximize Your Medicare Advantage

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Medicare Advantage (MA) Pre-Conference The Medicare Advantage pre-conference was the most popular pre-conference at the 2023 Financial Management Conference and we’ve added one to the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo! An amazing group of speakers who will break down critical aspects of Medicare Advantage (MA), including its impact on agencies like yours. MA is […]

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Congressional Briefing Demonstrates the Value of the Medicare Hospice Benefit

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New Research Shows Hospice Produces Better Outcomes, Lower Medicare Costs (Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA) – On Thursday, July 27, a panel of healthcare experts presented groundbreaking new research at a Capitol Hill briefing for Congressional offices, showing that patient use of hospice contributed to $3.5 billion in Medicare savings in 2019, while also providing […]

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Sues Medicare to Preserve the Home Health Service Benefit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld Director of Communications, NAHC 202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Sues Medicare to Preserve the Home Health Service Benefit   Washington, D.C. – The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) filed a lawsuit against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the […]

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Home Health Leaders Applaud Bipartisan Introduction of the Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2023

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld Director of Communications, NAHC 202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org Washington, DC – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (the Partnership) today commended Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for introducing Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2023 to safeguard access to […]

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CMS Holds Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss 2023 Home Health Rate Changes

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld Director of Communications, NAHC 202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org CMS Holds Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss 2023 Home Health Rate Changes Washington, D.C. – In response to a requirement of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) presented data used to determine Medicare home health payment rates […]

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New Research Shows Hospice Care Reduces Medicare Costs Hospice Care Contributed to $3.5 Billion in Medicare Savings in One Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld Director of Communications, NAHC 202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org New Research Shows Hospice Care Reduces Medicare Costs: Hospice Care Contributed to $3.5 Billion in Medicare Savings in One Year Better Outcomes Together with Medicare Savings Demonstrate Hospice’s Value (Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC) – New research shows that patients’ use of hospice care contributed […]

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National Hospice Leaders Urge CMS and Congress to Advance Program Integrity in Hospice Care through Effective Oversight

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld Director of Communications, NAHC 202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org National Hospice Leaders Urge CMS and Congress to Advance Program Integrity in Hospice Care through Effective Oversight Concerned by Growth of Unscrupulous Operators, Organizations Outline Areas of Focus, Key Steps (Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C.) – The four national hospice provider organizations: LeadingAge, the […]

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