WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2019)—Monday evening, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Interim Final Rule (IFR) addressing a range of healthcare issues related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. AAHomecare performed an initial analysis of the IFR that indicates that priority policy recommendations from the HME industry have been included, except for the delay of competitive bidding.
Editor's note: This article will be updated with new information about the novel coronavirus outbreak as it relates to home health, home medical equipment and the aging-in-place community as we receive it. Please make sure you check homecaremag.com/coronavirus for longer articles, news releases and other updates on a daily basis. Note that date stamps are Central time.
(March 27, 2020)—The limited supply of ventilators is one of the chief concerns facing hospitals as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases. In Italy, where hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients in respiratory failure, doctors have had to make difficult life-or-death decisions about who gets a ventilator and who does not.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2020)—The Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus package yesterday with provisions designed to help stabilize the economy and provide direct aid to most individuals and families.
The bill also contains measures related to Medicare HME policy, including:
KIRKLAND, Wash. (March 25, 2020) -- Home health, hospice and homecare providers should prepare to be called on to handle a surge of patients as hospitals are overwhelmed by the coronavirus epidemic, one provider who has been at the forefront of the crisis said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 25, 2020) -- As a hospice nurse in Seattle, Diane Speer said giving out hugs to patients and family members was a routine part of home visits.
But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, she now tells family members to keep their distance.
“There’s no touching hands or handshakes,” said Speer, who works for Renton, Washington-based Providence St. Joseph Health. It’s “time for a virtual hug.”
WASHINGTON, DC (March 24, 2020)--The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced over the weekend a series of relief measures for providers and clinicians when it comes to Medicare quality reporting to ease the strain of COVID-19 response.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 20, 2020)—National Seating & Mobility (NSM),a provider of mobility and accessibility solutions in North America, has enacted extensive plans in response to the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) pandemic. New procedures, guided by the NSM Disaster Preparedness Task Force, will be integrated companywide to mitigate exposure risk and support alternative service delivery options for clients during this time.
SANDWHICH, Mass. (March 19, 2020)—As information about COVID-19 continues to update rapidly, health care providers are continually seeking guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the administration on protocol for dealing with patients and adjusting their practices in these challenging circumstances.
DENVER, Colo.(March 19, 2020)—OnTerra Systems, the developers of RouteSavvy routing software for small businesses, today announced that RouteSavvy route planning software (routesavvy.com) will be free through June 30, 2020 for up to 1,000 small businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 19, 2019)—President Donald Trump signed HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law yesterday. The bill responds to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers.
CHICAGO (March 17, 2020)—As cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to increase, in-home care providers need to extend their reach into the home to support quarantine management.The CDC has recommended that providers use technology and self-assessment tools with patients who can be cared for at home.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2020)--The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it will expand Medicare's telehealth coverage to allow beneficiaries to receive a wider range of services without having to travel to a health care facility in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.