Category: News

CMS creates resource page for hospice VBID

CMS has created a special online resource page for the hospice Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) demo. This page relays key information related to the model, including: an overview, coverage information, participating plans, billing and payment information, outreach and education and frequently asked questions. CMS is testing the inclusion of the Part A Hospice Benefit within […]

Drive client satisfaction, caregiver retention with the right office staff

Don’t ignore the impact office employees have on client satisfaction and caregiver recruitment and retention. Doing so could cost your agency dearly. High-caliber office staff helped one Colorado-based private duty agency grow to a mid-sized agency in a short period of time. Touching Hearts At Home had just two people working in the office, but […]

Follow these nine crucial tips to ensure your agency’s website is ADA compliant

Agencies should ensure that their websites are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) so that they can reduce their risk of being targeted in a lawsuit or government enforcement action. To protect your agency, take these nine steps: Conduct an informal risk assessment of your website. Visit your site and see whether you […]

Accreditation Commission rolls out telehealth certification

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) has introduced a Distinction in Telehealth program for health care organizations, including home health providers. Telehealth has grown in popularity during the public health emergency (PHE) and will likely find continued interest after the pandemic is over. “Our home care partners have developed […]

CMS expands access to COVID-19 antibody treatments for Medicare beneficiaries

The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab on November 9. As a result, Medicare beneficiaries will receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 during the public health emergency, announced CMS administrator Seema Verma. CMS anticipates that healthcare providers will initially receive the monoclonal antibody […]

Nursing homes hit hard by third wave of COVID-19

Using federal data from twenty states, The Associated Press found that nursing homes had four times as many new COVID-19 cases in October than in May, rising from 1,083 cases to 4,274. Additionally, COVID-19 related deaths in among residents has more than doubled in that time, from 318 a week to 699 a week. While […]

Senators introduce act to improve reimbursement for telehealth

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) recently introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act — a bipartisan bill to provide Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services by home health agencies during the COVID-19 emergency — and future public health emergencies.  “Home health serves a vital role in helping our nation’s seniors […]

Employers looking for answers as presidential election winds down

Finally, the votes are being counted. Election Day closes a process that has seen voters across the country casting early or mail-in ballots for weeks now. Without a crystal ball, employers can’t know what they will face in the next four years, but a look at both candidates, President Donald Trump and former Vice President […]