CMS Releases Sequestration Reporting Instructions for HHAs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued revised instructions for the home health cost report. The revisions include minor technical corrections along with instructions to calculate the varying sequestration amounts allocated for 2022. The following pages (47-49) of the instructions address how home health agencies are to calculate sequestration for the 1% […]

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NAHC to CMS: Maintain NP/CNS Authority to Certify Home Health

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a group of likeminded organizations have written to Brian Slater, Director of the Division of Home Health and Hospice in the Center for Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reiterate our strong support for the authority of nurse practitioners (NPs) and clinical […]

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CMS’ Requirements for NPs Ordering Home Health Services Raises Concern

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NAHC has major concerns it will be addressing with CMS On April 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Change Request 12615 to clarify requirements for allowed practitioners under the home health benefit. In the “Background” section of the transmittal, CMS states that nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists acting as […]

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Private Duty Home Care Deserves Provider Relief

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The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund has been a lifesaver to thousands of health care providers across the country. Through the fund distributions, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been able to stabilize access to care during the Public Health Emergency and help preserve the health care infrastructure for the post-pandemic future. We very […]

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Private Duty Home Care Deserves Provider Relief

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The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund has been a lifesaver to thousands of health care providers across the country. Through the fund distributions, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been able to stabilize access to care during the Public Health Emergency and help preserve the health care infrastructure for the post-pandemic future. […]

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NAHC to Congress: Extend Medicare Sequester Moratorium This Month

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), joined by a group of likeminded organizations, has written to congressional leaders to urge them to extend the current two percent Medicare sequester moratorium for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE, and to take action before April 1 when sequestration is scheduled to resume. NAHC appreciates the […]

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NAHC to Congress: Extend Medicare Sequester Moratorium This Month

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), joined by a group of likeminded organizations, has written to congressional leaders to urge them to extend the current two percent Medicare sequester moratorium for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE, and to take action before April 1 when sequestration is scheduled to resume. NAHC appreciates the […]

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HHS Begins Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund Distribution, Updates Reporting Requirements for Mergers

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced the distribution of approximately $9 billion in CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP providers. The average payment for small providers from this distribution is $58,000, for medium providers is $289,000, and for large providers is $1.7 million. HHS has already started […]

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HHS Begins Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund Distribution, Updates Reporting Requirements for Mergers

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced the distribution of approximately $9 billion in CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP providers. The average payment for small providers from this distribution is $58,000, for medium providers is $289,000, and for large providers is $1.7 million. […]

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NAHC Advocacy Win! Congress Extends Suspension of Medicare Sequestration

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Last night the U.S. House of Representatives voted 384-28 to to extend the suspension of the two percent Medicare sequestration through the end of 2021. The Senate voted 90-2 to approve this measure last month, but full approval in Congress was delayed when the House went into recess. The bill now goes to the desk […]

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NAHC Receives Clarification on CMS Policies for Home Health Agencies

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice ( NAHC) has received additional clarification on Medicare coverage policies for home health agencies. Earlier this month NAHC reported on responses from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on several key outstanding question. In that report NAHC noted follow-up was needed on two of CMS’ […]

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Members of Congress Push for More HCBS Funding

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With the next COVID-19 relief package currently under development and possibly coming with a significant price tag, upwards of $1.9 trillion as requested by the Biden administration, many elected officials and stakeholder groups are proposing increased funding to Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS). Similar proposals have been made in earlier versions of COVID-19 […]

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