Legislation

In Speech to Congress, President Biden Again Shines Spotlight on Home-Based Care

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In a speech delivered to Congress Wednesday, President Joe Biden again mentioned the importance of providing care to seniors in their own homes. Specifically, he touted his administration’s previously announced American Jobs Plan, which would include $400 billion for home-based care. Much of that money… Read More »In Speech to Congress, President Biden Again Shines Spotlight on Home-Based Care

Confirmation Delay for Next CMS Administrator Could Cause Problems for Home-Based Care Providers

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It has been over three months since former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma resigned from her post. As of Wednesday, no one has officially filled the position’s void. The Biden administration’s pick for administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, has yet to be… Read More »Confirmation Delay for Next CMS Administrator Could Cause Problems for Home-Based Care Providers

Pause to Alternative Payment Models Gives Some Providers a ‘Golden Ticket,’ Leaves Others Behind

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The Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model — a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) creation — has been put on pause. The holdup is just another example of CMMI pumping the brakes on an alternative payment model in the days since the new… Read More »Pause to Alternative Payment Models Gives Some Providers a ‘Golden Ticket,’ Leaves Others Behind

‘There Are Still Many Questions Unanswered’: Home Care Providers Seek Clarity on American Rescue Plan

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As part of the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, state Medicaid programs have seemingly received a major bump in funding for vital home- and community-based services (HCBS). In theory, the bump is designed to help HCBS operators expand their services, attract new workers… Read More »‘There Are Still Many Questions Unanswered’: Home Care Providers Seek Clarity on American Rescue Plan

‘A Monumental Advance’: Newly Unveiled American Jobs Plan Would Invest $400B into Home-Based Care

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President Joe Biden is trying to make good on one of his main campaign promises. The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a new $2 trillion infrastructure proposal to create jobs, build roads, fix bridges and more. On top of that, the proposal — officially dubbed… Read More »‘A Monumental Advance’: Newly Unveiled American Jobs Plan Would Invest $400B into Home-Based Care

Home Care Operators Waiting for Clarity on Proposal to Boost Pay to 112% of Minimum Wage

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Multiple scandals involving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a related impeachment investigation will not slow down budget negotiations. That could mean a late night for the state’s home-based care operators, who are following the talks closely due to possible wage hikes on the table.… Read More »Home Care Operators Waiting for Clarity on Proposal to Boost Pay to 112% of Minimum Wage

‘A Key Piece of the Puzzle’: Setting the Record Straight on Medicare Sequestration

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There’s a lot of confusion within the home health industry regarding Medicare sequestration right now. That’s understandable, considering there have been multiple inaccurate reports about where a continued delay actually stands. To recap, Medicare sequestration is a federal savings mechanism required by the Budget Control… Read More »‘A Key Piece of the Puzzle’: Setting the Record Straight on Medicare Sequestration

Amwell Joins the Ranks of Amazon, Intermountain on Home-Based Care Coalition

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Moving Health Home (MHH) — the recently announced home-based care advancement coalition — has a new founding member. Telehealth company Amwell (NYSE: AMWL) has joined an array of health care industry leaders from across the continuum that also includes Amazon Care and Intermountain Healthcare. Boston-based… Read More »Amwell Joins the Ranks of Amazon, Intermountain on Home-Based Care Coalition

House Passes $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan, Securing Relief for Home-Based Care Providers

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the final version of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” on Wednesday. The Senate approved the legislation along party lines on Saturday. In passing this latest round of coronavirus relief, Congress gave Biden one of his biggest… Read More »House Passes $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan, Securing Relief for Home-Based Care Providers

As $1.9T Stimulus Bill Heads to Senate, Here’s What It Could Mean for In-Home Care

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The House of Representatives passed the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill Saturday, which means the next step for the “American Rescue Plan” is to go through the Senate, where its provisions related to home-based care will likely be tinkered with again. Because pandemic-related unemployment… Read More »As $1.9T Stimulus Bill Heads to Senate, Here’s What It Could Mean for In-Home Care

Rural Access to Home Health Services, PACE Among Lawmakers’ Future Spending Priorities

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U.S. lawmakers have repeatedly highlighted a need to rethink the nation’s long-term care landscape in recent months, partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also because of the country’s rapidly changing demographics. A recently published budget report from the House Appropriations Committee obtained by… Read More »Rural Access to Home Health Services, PACE Among Lawmakers’ Future Spending Priorities

7.35% Medicaid Boost Critical for Supporting America’s ‘Fragile’ Home-Based Care Infrastructure, Senators Argue

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7When the House Energy and Commerce Committee included new Medicaid provisions to the ever-changing $1.9 trillion relief package, home-based care operators were pleased to see a hefty rate bump for home- and community-based care (HCBS).   The draft legislation specifically called for a 7.35% rate increase… Read More »7.35% Medicaid Boost Critical for Supporting America’s ‘Fragile’ Home-Based Care Infrastructure, Senators Argue

50% Cut to Workforce Recruitment, Retention Fund Puts Home Care Providers in the Hot Seat

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his executive budget proposal for the state in January. Its litany of cost-saving cuts could leave home-based care providers vulnerable, industry stakeholders caution. Specifically, the proposed budget would mean a 50% reduction in home care workforce recruitment and retention… Read More »50% Cut to Workforce Recruitment, Retention Fund Puts Home Care Providers in the Hot Seat

House Lawmakers Include 7.35% Medicaid Boost for Home- and Community-Based Services in Stimulus Proposal

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee has proposed some major Medicaid provisions to the $1.9 trillion relief package making its way through Congress. If enacted, the measures would benefit home-based care providers across the U.S., at least in the short term. Specifically, the draft legislation… Read More »House Lawmakers Include 7.35% Medicaid Boost for Home- and Community-Based Services in Stimulus Proposal

More states require telehealth coverage going into 2021

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Several states passed recent laws that would require commercial insurance plans to cover more telehealth services on a permanent basis. More states now require health plans to pay the same amount for telehealth as in-person visits.

Labor Policies Threaten Home Care Providers: ‘Agencies Are Truly Getting the Worst of Both Ends’

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Home-based care providers are dealing with an ongoing pandemic and simultaneously tackling vaccine education, procurement and distribution. Now, a slew of legislative labor provisions are threatening to disrupt both home health and home care agencies across the country. After President Joe Biden was inaugurated, his… Read More »Labor Policies Threaten Home Care Providers: ‘Agencies Are Truly Getting the Worst of Both Ends’

HHS Delays Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements in Response to Updated Utilization Guidelines

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday announced it will amend the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund, giving home health agencies and others more time to prepare required information. The news comes shortly after Congress clarified financial dos and… Read More »HHS Delays Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements in Response to Updated Utilization Guidelines

Certificate of Need Markets Can Mean Big Business for Home Health Buyers, But Opportunities Are Growing Scarce

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Home health mergers and acquisitions got off to a slow start in 2020, then picked up considerably by year’s end. Home health insiders are now predicting a big year for M&A activity in 2021, especially after COVID-19 relief vanishes and economic realities become clearer. The… Read More »Certificate of Need Markets Can Mean Big Business for Home Health Buyers, But Opportunities Are Growing Scarce

$1.4 Trillion Spending Package Extends Sequestration Holiday, Grants Home Health OTs More Authority

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As different health care stakeholders combed through the new $1.4 trillion spending package approved by Congress on Monday, many likely felt a mix of excitement and disappointment. Included in the nearly 6,000-page spending package was a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, changes to home health… Read More »$1.4 Trillion Spending Package Extends Sequestration Holiday, Grants Home Health OTs More Authority

No Funding, Closures and Limited Capacity: Adult Day Providers in Dire Need of Help

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In late November, the aging-focused advocacy organization LeadingAge wrote a note to Congress, calling for relief on behalf of the 5,500 adult day service providers across the country and the vulnerable patients they serve. “Adult day services providers across the country urgently need dedicated federal… Read More »No Funding, Closures and Limited Capacity: Adult Day Providers in Dire Need of Help

House Bill Looks to Keep Medicare Sequestration ‘Holiday’ in Place for Home Health Agencies, Others

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U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act last week. If passed, the bill would extend the temporary suspension of Medicare sequestration payment reductions, giving home health agencies and other providers more financial flexibility headed into an… Read More »House Bill Looks to Keep Medicare Sequestration ‘Holiday’ in Place for Home Health Agencies, Others

CMS Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Hospital-at-Home Strategy to Manage Latest COVID-19 Surge

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In an effort to increase hospital capacity amid the current COVID-19 surge, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday announced “unprecedented” flexibilities around providing hospital-level care for patients in their homes. Similar to CMS’s recent allowances surrounding telehealth, the agency’s latest… Read More »CMS Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Hospital-at-Home Strategy to Manage Latest COVID-19 Surge

LHC Group CEO Keith Myers: Change in Washington Won’t Derail ‘Incredible’ Home Health Opportunity

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Keith Myers has seen his fair share of change in Washington, D.C. Since co-founding the business with his wife, Ginger, in 1994, Myers has helped lead LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) through parts of five presidencies as chairman and CEO. A new administration with Joe… Read More »LHC Group CEO Keith Myers: Change in Washington Won’t Derail ‘Incredible’ Home Health Opportunity

[Updated] Lawmakers Introduce New Bill Paving the Way for Home Health Telehealth Reimbursement

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Home health providers are one step closer to getting the No. 1 thing they’ve been asking for since the COVID-19 pandemic began: reimbursement for telehealth-driven visits. On Friday, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth… Read More »[Updated] Lawmakers Introduce New Bill Paving the Way for Home Health Telehealth Reimbursement

CMS Announces New, More Provider-Friendly Rules for Advanced and Accelerated Loan Repayment

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced amended terms Thursday for accelerated and advanced payments granted to Medicare-certified health care providers — including home health agencies — during the public health emergency. Under the new “Continuing Appropriations Act” of 2021 and “Other… Read More »CMS Announces New, More Provider-Friendly Rules for Advanced and Accelerated Loan Repayment

Congressman Vern Buchanan Urges CMS to Scrap PDGM’s 4.36% Behavioral Adjustment

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In August, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) unveiled a first-of-its kind, comprehensive analysis of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Among its findings, the analysis — conducted by health economics and policy consulting firm Dobson DaVanzo & Associates — highlighted how government spending on… Read More »Congressman Vern Buchanan Urges CMS to Scrap PDGM’s 4.36% Behavioral Adjustment

Senior Care Stakeholders: Latest COVID-19 Relief Proposal Is ‘Shameful,’ ‘Anemic’

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Senate Republicans are close to unveiling their latest version of another coronavirus relief bill, with reports suggesting party leaders may do so Wednesday or soon thereafter. The proposal — first obtained by Washington, D.C.-based newsroom Roll Call — is viewed as a “skinny” version of… Read More »Senior Care Stakeholders: Latest COVID-19 Relief Proposal Is ‘Shameful,’ ‘Anemic’

New Court Ruling Creating ‘Tremendous Amount of Confusion’ Over Paid Leave in Home Care

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After a Monday ruling regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), many home-based care agencies are no longer considered health care providers, meaning they’ll now be forced to abide by robust federal paid-time-off mandates. “There’s a tremendous amount of confusion [over this], and I… Read More »New Court Ruling Creating ‘Tremendous Amount of Confusion’ Over Paid Leave in Home Care

With Stimulus Deadline Nearing, Home-Based Care Industry Scrambles to Secure Additional Relief

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Friday is the deadline set by House Democrats and Senate Republicans for agreeing to a new coronavirus stimulus package. Home-based care stakeholders have had ample time to review the publicly released details from both parties’ plans — and they have a wishlist of additional provisions… Read More »With Stimulus Deadline Nearing, Home-Based Care Industry Scrambles to Secure Additional Relief

Five Healthcare Trends in 2020: Your Cheat Sheet

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Reducing Respiratory Failure Readmissions While COPD Is on the Rise

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<div class="right-align"> <a class="btn btn-blue _gt" data-category="Hospital" data-action="Click-Button" data-label="Blog-Reducing Respiratory Failure Readmissions While COPD Is on the Rise" href="https://www.kindredhealthcare.com/docs/default-source/default-document-library/kindred-respiratory-failure-whitepaper.pdf?sfvrsn=74f58dea_2" title="Reducing Respiratory Failure Readmissions While COPD Is on the Rise" target="_blank">Download this article as a PDF</a></div> <br /> <p>Diagnoses of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have… Read More »Reducing Respiratory Failure Readmissions While COPD Is on the Rise