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CMS Vaccine Mandate: Deadlines now set for all states

Medicare and Medicaid providers in the 24 states involved in the court challenges at the center of the Supreme Court decision on January 13 now have fresh deadlines to implement their COVID-19 vaccine mandates. And CMS issued the last deadlines, for Texas providers, on Jan. 20. In a message to surveyors Jan. 14, 2022, CMS […]

Sign-on bonus errors: Agency pays $25,000 in back wages, damages

The Department of Labor recovered $12,469 in back wages and $12,469 in liquidated damages from a Pittsburgh, Penn., home health company, according to a Jan. 18, 2022, release. The division’s investigation found that Three Rivers Home Care failed to pay an overtime premium on sign-on bonuses for 26 home health aides. The bonuses were contingent […]

Care Compare gets January refresh

Home health agency information has been updated on Care Compare for the first time since November 2020. Updates had been on hold due to the pandemic. The updated data also was impacted by COVID-19: Home health OASIS measure scores are based on three quarters of assessment data due to the public health emergency: the third […]

Apply to speak at our 2022 Private Duty National Conference & Expo

We are looking for home care agency leaders, consultants and attorneys to present fresh ideas that can spur growth, reduce costs and overcome the biggest regulatory challenges. The 2022 Private Duty National Conference & Expo will be held on Oct. 17-19, 2022, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Some of the hot topics are: recruitment […]

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Feds Pursue Fraud Claims Against PPP Recipients

To help struggling businesses needing immediate access to cash during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress introduced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in 2020. Some companies, however, didn’t use the PPP loan funds as Congress intended. Because of a broad range of associated fraud, the […]

CMS moving ahead with Hospice Care Index measures

CMS is moving ahead with the development of a new quality measure for hospice providers. First announced in August 2020, the Hospice Care Index (HCI) is moving toward National Quality Forum endorsement, CMS officials announced during an open-door forum Jan. 26. The new hospice index will measure 10 indicators that include “hospice provided no continuous […]

Breaking: 2022 proposed rule could mean national HHVBP and changes to PDGM

CMS has announced a national expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model beginning Jan. 1, 2022. It’s one of several changes introduced in the CY 2022 Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule, released Monday, June 28, 2021. Previously, the nine-state HHVBP model focused on payment adjustments higher and lower compared to other […]

COVID-19 PHE extended into 2022

The Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra signed an order Oct. 15, 2021, extending the national public health emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic for another 90 days. The order is effective October 18 and lasts through January 16, 2022, unless it is rescinded earlier. The first COVID-19 PHE was declared in […]

Judge blocks CMS mandate in 10 states

A CMS mandate on COVID-19 vaccines has been put on hold in 10 states by a federal judge Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. The vaccine requirement for employees at certified Medicare and Medicaid providers was introduced in early November, with two deadlines: By Dec. 6, 2021, employees should have had their first shot or single shot […]

SNFs explore home care options as Choose Home Care Act is introduced in the House

The Choose Home Care Act, legislation that aims to give Americans a choice on where to recover after a hospital discharge, was introduced into the House of Representatives on October 8. The bipartisan bill would create an add-on payment to traditional Medicare home health benefits for patients 30 days after hospital discharge. “Since being introduced […]