Tag: 2021

PRF Period 2 reporting deadline March 31, 2022

Providers that received more than $10,000 from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) during Period 2 must report on the use of those funds by March 31, 2022. Period 2 includes funds distributed between July 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020. The deadline for using those funds was Dec. 31, 2021. Non-compliant providers will be excluded […]

Beating Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in the New Year

This year has continued to bring many of us closer to the pain, suffering and exhaustion of those experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue. There is no doubt that 2021 has been filled with additional challenges. At this point, burnout and compassion fatigue has expanded into many aspects of our lives.  Even if you experienced burnout […]

Reminder: No RAPs for periods starting in 2022

The home health Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are reminding providers that RAPs, formerly a request for anticipated payment, should not be submitted for periods of care that begin on or after Jan. 1, 2022. New admissions or patients continuing care in 2022 require a one-time Notice of Admission (NOA). From the MACs: “Until the January […]

Judge blocks CMS mandate in 10 states

A CMS mandate on COVID-19 vaccines has been put on hold in 10 states by a federal judge Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. The vaccine requirement for employees at certified Medicare and Medicaid providers was introduced in early November, with two deadlines: By Dec. 6, 2021, employees should have had their first shot or single shot […]

LHC Group: Pandemic, hurricane exacerbates Q3 staffing challenges

In a message to investors last month, LHC Group noted the impact that the pandemic and Hurricane Ida had on results in the third quarter. The combination of Hurricane Ida and clinicians on quarantine led to a sequential decline of 1.5% in average daily home health census from 85,553 in the second quarter of 2021 […]

PRF Reporting Deadline: Details on 60-day grace period

 The first deadline to report the use of Provider Relief Funds (PRF) is Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The deadline applies to funds received between April 10, 2020, and June 30, 2020. The Health Resources & Services Administration has offered details on a 60-day grace period offered due to COIVD-19 surges and natural disasters. Details of […]

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 […]