Tag: 2021

HHS prepares $25.5 billion in pandemic aid to providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will make $25.5 billion available to health care providers impacted by the pandemic, with the application period opening Sept. 29. This funding includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Medicare patients, and an […]

Call for speakers for the 2022 Home Health Administrator’s Summit

DecisionHealth is seeking speakers to present at the 2022 Home Health Administrator’s Summit, to be held May 2-4, 2022, at the Paris Hotel, in Las Vegas. All interested applicants should email Marci Geipe at mgeipe@decisionhealth.com. Presenters must submit their proposals the application prior to September 2, 2021 deadline.  The goal of the conference is to […]

Compliance tips for 2021

Industry expert Reg Hislop joins us to talk about top compliance issues for SNFs in 2021. Be sure to check out our deep dive into this topic on a May 11th webinar for Skilled Nursing Week. Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes Connect Listen on Spotify

AHA and AMA call for halt to pending Medicare spending cuts

Congress should prevent planned Medicare spending reductions triggered by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the American Medical Association (AMA) said in a March 17 statement. The reduction, which could be up to 4%, would be enacted under the statutory Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) provision, which prevents new legislation from increasing the federal budget deficit. Congress […]

SNFs predicted to lose $94 billion over two-year period

SNFs are expected to lose $94 billion between 2020 and 2021, according to a new analysis by American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA). In 2020, SNFs spent an estimated $30 billion on PPE and additional staffing, and these costs are expected to continue throughout 2021, according to AHCA. Additionally, nursing […]

Submit a proposal to speak at DecisionHealth’s home health events

DecisionHealth is doing something monumental in 2021 and combining all the annual home health events into one can’t-miss extravaganza that will deliver fresh valuable content for nearly every title and function in home health agencies. We are recruiting home health professionals to speak at our Home Health World conferences, taking place between Aug. 16-19, 2021, […]

Employers Stressing Virtual Care, Mental Wellness Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

Large employers plan to expand virtual care offered to employees next year as well as double down on mental health and emotional well-being as they continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an annual survey by Business Group on Health (BGH). While the pandemic’s impact is fueling uncertainty about overall costs, respondents to the […]

Tax Holiday or Headache? Deferral Plan Presenting Challenges for Employers

President Donald Trump’s plan to defer payroll taxes for many employees through the end of the year is sparking questions and criticism from employers—questions about how to implement the plan and criticism that the “tax holiday” may hurt more than it helps. On August 8, Trump issued a memorandum providing for the deferral of payroll […]

CMS enacts penalty for delayed RAP submission

CMS has released change request 11855, on July 31, 2020, to implement the calendar year 2021 home health Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) payment policies. The change request imposes a penalty for delayed RAP submission implementation. Specifically, a non-timely submission payment reduction will occur  “when the home health agency does not submit the RAP within […]

The Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) will be extended by CMS for one calendar year

The Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) will be extended by one calendar year, through Dec. 31, 2021. The extension will enable more Medicare beneficiaries to access supportive care. This extension applies to hospices that have been participating in the model. New hospices will not be enrolled. For those hospices that are participating, they will be […]