Category: Home Health Agencies

CMS Finalizes Calendar Year 2021 Payment and Policy Changes for Home Health Agencies – Summary

CMS released the 2021 home health final rule on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  There were minimal changes compared to the home health proposed rule that was released in July 2020. Probably the best news in the rule was the 1.9% aggregate increase (or $390 million) in reimbursement that agencies...

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 – October 15, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the United States, states, payers, and providers are looking for ways to expand access to telehealth services. Telehealth is an essential tool in ensuring patients are able to access the healthcare services they need in as safe a manner as possible. In order to...

Collins, Cardin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Home Health Care Furnished By Telehealth Amid Public Health Emergencies

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act, a bipartisan bill to provide Medicare reimbursement for audio and video telehealth services furnished by home health agencies during the COVID-19 emergency and future public health emergencies.  U.S. Representatives Roger...

CMS Finalizes Calendar Year 2021 Payment and Policy Changes for Home Health Agencies – Fact Sheet

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that finalizes routine updates to the home health payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2021, in accordance with existing statutory and regulatory requirements. This rule also finalizes the regulatory changes related to the use of...

CMS (finally) Makes Telehealth Permanent for Home Health Agencies

CMS on Thursday made permanent changes to telehealth flexibilities for home health providers. In its home health payment rule for 2021, the agency signed off on changes to allow providers to use telehealth for related skilled services if they’re outlined in a patient’s care plan. It also requires provides to describe how telehealth...

For Home Care Agencies, Tracking ‘Total Cost of Care’ Is the Secret to Breaking into Narrow Networks

Home care agencies and their services have always been valuable to the patients they serve. But being able to demonstrate that value to payers requires more than just patient testimonials. As the home care industry enters into an era filled with new tailwinds, including Medicare Advantage (MA) and managed...

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 – September 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the United States, states, payers, and providers are looking for ways to expand access to telehealth services. Telehealth is an essential tool in ensuring patients are able to access the healthcare services they need in as safe a manner as possible. In order to...

CMS: True Telehealth Change Will Require Congressional Action

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new rule that would make certain COVID-19-related telehealth flexibilities introduced over the past few months permanent for Medicare beneficiaries. The move comes in conjunction with an executive order from President Trump to improve rural and telehealth access.  While CMS’s proposed rule potentially paves...

Trump Administration Announces New Actions to Improve Access to Healthcare across America

On Monday, August 3, President Trump signed executive orders with the goal of improving healthcare in rural America, for seniors, and for all Americans, by expanding telehealth, modernizing regulations, and reforming payments. Specifically, the executive orders call on HHS to: Propose a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)...

Time for Policymakers, Hospitals to Bet Big on Home-Based Care

It’s time for policymakers, hospitals and everyone else at the health care roulette table to bet all their chips on proactive, pre-acute home-based care. During the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. health care system has undergone a massive change marked by the skyrocketing use of telehealth technology and the shift...

Coronavirus Daily Update: Skilled Nursing Occupancy Slips; US Begins Withdrawal from WHO

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...

CMS Issues Proposed Rule That Would Update Home Health Payments and Allow Home Health Agencies to Continue Telemedicine Beyond Pandemic

CMS issued a proposed rule that proposes routine updates to the home health payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2021 and includes a proposal to make permanent certain regulatory changes related to telehealth beyond the expiration of the public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic (the Proposed Rule). Home...

How telehealth and telemedicine extend medical reach for senior residents

The nursing home economy is extremely vulnerable, accounting for a staggering rate of America’s COVID-19 deaths. With the pandemic clogging the accessibility of medical care, many are left to suffer. As an influencer of many industries, I’ve caught sight of two solutions that can revolutionize the future of healthcare...
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