DEA Proposes Rules to Govern Post-PHE Prescribing of Controlled Substances via “Telehealth”

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On Friday, February 24, 2023, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released proposed rules intended to govern the prescribing of controlled substances via telemedicine for application at the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).  The proposed rule — — Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances When the Practitioner and the Patient Have Not Had a […]

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Preparing Hospice for the End of the COVID-19 PHE

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Stay tuned to NAHC Report for details on an upcoming webinar regarding preparing for the end of the PHE. The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) which began in early 2020 will come to an end on May 11, 2023.  Throughout the PHE various waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance were utilized to ensure access […]

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Preparing Home Health For the End of the COVID-19 PHE

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Stay tuned to NAHC Report for details on an upcoming webinar regarding preparing for the end of the PHE. The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) which began in early 2020 will come to an end on May 11, 2023.  Throughout the PHE various waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance were utilized to ensure access […]

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Preparing Hospice for the End of the COVID-19 PHE

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Stay tuned to NAHC Report for details on an upcoming webinar regarding preparing for the end of the PHE. The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) which began in early 2020 will come to an end on May 11, 2023.  Throughout the PHE various waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance were utilized to ensure access […]

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The Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal is Now Open!

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Reporting Period 4 The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open for Reporting Period 4 (RP4). Providers who received a PRF (General or Targeted) and/or American Rescue Plan Rural payment(s), exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate, from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 are required to report on their use of funds during RP4. The […]

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COVID-19 Emergencies to End May 11

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President Joe R. Biden informed the United States Congress on Monday, January 30, that he will end the COVID-19 public health emergencies (PHE) on May 11, 2023, three years after the PHE was first announced. Ending the COVID-19 PHE will alter how the virus is treated, downgrading it from a pandemic to an endemic public […]

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COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended Again

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The Biden administration has renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) that has been in effect since January 27, 2020 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on January 11, 2023: As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  pandemic, on […]

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NOW AVAILABLE IN iQIES – Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the April 2023 Refresh

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For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) will be based on the standard number of quarters. Due to the COVID-19 reporting exceptions, the claims-based measures have been calculated excluding Q1 and Q2 2020 data from measure calculations. For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in […]

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How At Home Care Providers Can Talk to Patients About COVID-19 Treatments

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finalized its COVID-19 Personal Action Plan, which contains tools, information, and action steps to share with your family, colleagues, and patients. NAHC believes the Personal Action Plan will be a helpful resource for having conversations about whether they would benefit from COVID-19 treatments, what to do […]

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CMS Urges Timely Patient Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance that highlights the need for health care providers and suppliers to ensure patients have access to the latest available COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. In particular, CMS is reminding nursing homes that they are required to offer the COVID-19 vaccines, including any updated COVID vaccines, […]

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Admin Announces New $350 Million Initiative to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced a new $350 million initiative for HRSA-supported health centers to increase COVID-19 vaccines in their communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations. This funding will support health centers administering updated COVID-19 vaccines through mobile, drive-up, walk-up, […]

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22 States Urge Biden Admin to Repeal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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A group of 22 states is asking the Biden administration to withdraw the mandate requiring health care workers in any Medicare and Medicaid-funded facilities be vaccinated against COVID-19. The 39-page petition from the group, led by Austin Knudsen, the Attorney General of Montana, asks the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the […]

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