Home Health, Hospice

Reevaluate use of PHE waivers before they end

Start preparing for a return to operations that will no longer include relaxed requirements brought on by the 1135 and related waivers that CMS put in place during the pandemic.

Home health: For home health, waivers that may have proved most valuable and which may be the most challenging to unwind include:

  • The waiver for the 30-day deadline on OASIS submissions
  • Extending the 5-day completion requirement for the comprehensive assessment to 30 days
  • Allowing the initial assessment to determine patient homebound status to occur remotely or by record review
  • Waiving onsite supervisory visits of aides.

Hospice: Waivers that may have proved most valuable for hospices include:

  • Extending the timeframe to update the comprehensive assessment from 15 to 21 days
  • Waiving onsite visits for hospice aid supervision
  • Waiving the volunteer requirement.