CMS Revises PHE Fact Sheets to Reflect Extension for use of Telehealth to Perform HH, Hospice F2F Encounters

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On August 18, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued extensive materials providing guidance related to the planned phase-out of various waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance that were utilized to ensure access to care and give health care providers the flexibilities needed to respond to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). […]

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CMS Clarifies Time Frame for Phase Out of F2F Telehealth Flexibilities

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Don’t miss fact sheets for home health & hospice at end of this article On August 18, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued extensive materials providing guidance related to the planned phase-out of various waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance that were utilized to ensure access to care and give […]

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Advocacy Alert: Ask Congress to Extend a Critical Telehealth Policy for Hospices

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Tell Congress to Extend the Hospice Face-to-Face Telehealth Flexibility Act now before the March 11 deadline! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is calling on home-based care advocates to reach out to your members of congress now and ask that, as part of any forthcoming omnibus government spending legislation, they include an […]

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Advocacy Alert: Ask Congress to Extend a Critical Telehealth Policy for Hospices

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Tell Congress to Extend the Hospice Face-to-Face Telehealth Flexibility Act now before the March 11 deadline! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is calling on home-based care advocates to reach out to your members of congress now and ask that, as part of any forthcoming omnibus government spending legislation, they include an extension of […]

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NAHC Asks CMS/HHS for Reg Flexibility to Fight COVID-19

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has made a series of requests to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for regulatory action designed to enable home health and hospice to fulfill its potential as the health care setting most suited to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 while […]

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CMS COVID-19 Call Covers Waivers, Q&A

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On Friday, March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a call with home health organizations to discuss recent developments related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  Even though the call was specific to home health agencies there hospice questions addressed, as well. CMS indicated it plans to hold similar calls weekly, but […]

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CMS Provides Compliance Tip Sheet for Home Health Agencies and Physicians

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a MLN Fact Sheet, Provider Compliance Tips for Home Health Services (Part A Non-DRG). According to CMS, “Insufficient documentation accounted for a large proportion of improper payments for home health services. The primary reason for these errors was that the documentation to support the certification […]

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OIG Report Recommends CMS Use CERT Data to Identify High Risk Home Health Agencies

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CMS Remains Opposed to Using CERT Data to Identify Improper Payments, Prefers TPE & RCD The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report pertaining to home health agencies (HHA), The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Could Use Comprehensive Error Rate Testing Data To Identify High-Risk Home […]

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Continuing Resolution in Congress is a “Mixed Bag” for Home Health

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Late last night, the House of Representatives released legislative language for another short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the federal government until March 23, 2018. Included in this CR is the Medicare Extenders Package, home health payment reforms, documentation reforms for the physician certification requirements, a Home Health Market basket Index (inflation) adjustment, and a […]

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NAHC’s Mary Carr on the Regulatory Outlook for Home Care

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Mary Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) spoke to Annie Erstling of Forcura about home care regulation. Mary picks the one home health regulation she would most like to see simplified and urges agencies, particularly smaller ones, to join a home care association in order […]

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