Tag: health

Services provided errors lead to change in April refresh

For the April 2022 refresh of the Care Compare webpage, CMS will re-publish home health agency services provided data from the January 2022 refresh, according to a CMS alert March 31, 2022. This will give CMS time to correct issues in the April 2022 Provider Preview Reports that caused the provider services info to be […]

CMS ready to oversee enforcement of vaccine mandate in resistant states

One way or another, CMS is promising states that it will enforce its recent interim final rule requiring health care staff to be fully vaccinated. In a Quality, Safety & Oversight Group memo (QSO-22-12-ALL), published Feb. 9, CMS delivered a warning to states that if they are contracted with the federal agency to carry out […]

New COVID-19 Community Levels don’t apply to health care settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced its new COVID-19 Community Level standards on February 25, 2022, as a new metric for state and local health care officials to determine the need for increased public infection prevention steps. But its important for health care providers to recognize these new standards do not apply […]

COVID-19 PHE extended into 2022

The Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra signed an order Oct. 15, 2021, extending the national public health emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic for another 90 days. The order is effective October 18 and lasts through January 16, 2022, unless it is rescinded earlier. The first COVID-19 PHE was declared in […]

CMS preparing to test shorter, online HHCAHPS

Plans to test a shorter, web-based version of the Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) survey are expected to be published in the Federal Registry on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. CMS wants to test the response rates and scores of a web-based mode for the survey, with hopes of adding it to the mail and telephone […]

CMS increases Medicare payment for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusions at home

CMS has increased the Medicare payment rate for administering monoclonal antibodies to treat beneficiaries with COVID-19, continuing coverage under the Medicare Part B COVID-19 vaccine benefit. Beneficiaries pay nothing out of pocket, regardless of where the service is furnished – including in a physician’s office, health care facility or at home, CMS states in the […]

What Is the FAMILY Act?

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act was reintroduced in Congress in 2021 and is known as S. 463 and H.R. 1185. The Act has been introduced repeatedly during legislative sessions for the past 7 years but has yet to progress. The FAMILY Act strives to create paid time off at a portion of […]

New survey results look at pandemic impact on health care workers

On Tuesday, April 6, the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Washington Post released more survey results from conversations with 1,327 frontline health care workers, including more than 290 working in the home. Participants were surveyed Feb. 11- March 7, 2021. And while most health care workers said their employer was “doing about the right amount” […]

Q&A: Providing alternatives to telemedicine

Q: Telemedicine may not be the best fit for all patients. How can case managers help facilitate in-person visits for those patients that cannot engage in telemedicine visits? A: If both in-person and telemedicine visits are available, it may be helpful to communicate with the providers to help educate patients on which might be more […]