Category: News

Quick Poll: Staff Morale

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Telehealth proposal would require patient consent, set visit limits

The new version of the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on April 22, has industry leaders hopeful for action this session, but a change to the law will likely come with conditions. The bill, S.1309, would authorize Medicare reimbursement for home health services provided through telehealth […]

Routine testing no longer required for vaccinated SNF staff

The federal government announced on April 27th that fully vaccinated staff at SNFs no longer need to complete routine COVID testing. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff and residents will still need to be tested if symptoms appear. “Upon identification of a single new case of COVID-19 infection in any staff or residents, all staff and […]

CMS updates agencies on Care Compare, OASIS-E

CMS recently updated home health agencies about changes they can expect this summer on the Care Compare site, along with additional training planned around the OASIS-E delay. The update came during an open door forum call with providers April 13. With the July 2021 refresh, five home health measures will be removed from Care Compare, […]

Q&A: Revoking authorization for disclosure

Q: If an individual provides authorization for a disclosure, can the individual later revoke the authorization? Is the covered entity (CE) then required to “take back” or demand the erasure of any documentation by third parties that may have been made following the original authorization? A: Individuals have the right to revoke their authorizations in […]

Home health workers get $358,675 in back wages after being misclassified as independent contractors

A home health care provider in Tennessee recently paid $358,675 in back wages to resolve overtime violations, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor on April 20. Fifty workers at Servant’s Quest in Oliver Springs, Tenn., had reportedly been misclassified as independent contractors by the company, according to DOL. The employer […]

CMS: Pay attention to telehealth billing rules

CMS is reminding providers to ensure that Medicare claims for telehealth are correctly billed. The agency issued broadly expanded telehealth services as part of its response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. However, a 2018 Office of Inspector General audit found that CMS paid practitioners for some telehealth claims that did not meet Medicare requirements […]

OIG warns providers about COVID-19 vaccine fraud and abuse

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is reminding providers of the rules around administering the COVID-19 vaccine after complaints from patients charged for the vaccine and other reports of fraud and abuse around vaccine distribution. OIG is reminding all participating providers that they: must administer COVID-19 Vaccine with no out-of-pocket […]