Category: Healthcare reform

Update your complaint process: New CoP requires investigation, documentation

The following is from Home Health Line. For more news and information on home health and hospice, visit homehealthline.decisionhealth.com. Agencies should educate staff and patients now to ensure compliance with new complaint process expectations outlined in the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs). There’s plenty of work to do between training and tweaking certain […]

Dying At Home In An Opioid Crisis: Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds

The following is republished with permission from the author, Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News. Nothing seemed to help the patient — and hospice staff didn’t know why. They sent home more painkillers for weeks. But the elderly woman, who had severe dementia and incurable breast cancer, kept calling out in pain. The answer came when […]

Learn how to implement the patient rights provisions of the CoPs without breaking the bank

The revised home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) have been delayed, but that doesn’t mean agency preparations should be.   Compliance with the new patient rights provisions within the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) will cost the industry about $147 million and require 2 million hours of time. You need to start preparing […]

CMS extends moratoria on new home health agencies in 6 metro areas

by: Josh Poltilove The following is from Home Health Line. For more news and information on home health and hospice, visit homehealthline.decisionhealth.com. CMS has once again extended its moratoria on new home health agencies and new branches of existing home health agencies by six months in six metropolitan areas. The moratoria — which covers the […]

CMS releases proposed PPS rule: New home health payment model to begin in 2019

by: Josh Poltilove The following is from Home Health Line. For more news and information on home health and hospice, visit homehealthline.decisionhealth.com. In the short term, CMS plans to reduce home health agencies’ payments by 0.4% next year. In the long term, CMS plans to drastically redesign the way agencies are paid beginning in 2019. […]

Bill proposed that would pay seniors to write a will

A bipartisan bill was introduced to the House on July 11 that would pay older adults $75 to put together a living will.   If passed, CMS would pay Medicare beneficiaries upon completion of an advanced directive so that wishes for medical treatment in the event the patient cannot direct treatment him or herself results. […]

Trump administration releases final ACA rule titled Market Stabilization

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final Market Stabilization rule on Thursday, April 13, to help lower premiums and stabilize individual and small group markets and increase choices for Americans.  Individuals obtaining coverage in the Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act have faced double-digit premium increases, fewer plans to choose […]

ACA repeal and replace bill pulled with not enough votes to pass

The American Health Care Act long debated by opposing parties, healthcare providers and government entities otherwise known as “repeal and replace of Obamacare” was pulled Friday as a result of the bill’s failure to gain enough votes to pass. LeadingAge says they are pleased with these results, as “This measure is deeply flawed, especially with […]