From the latest on the Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics Orthotics and Supplies Competitive Bidding changes, to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model, to legislation affecting how providers do business, HomeCare is here to keep you informed. Find news and articles from our experts to guide you as you navigate the policies that affect your business.

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer is cosponsoring a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval against the final rule issued by CMS

WASHINGTON—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule in April, imposing minimum staffing requirements for long-term care facilities (LTC), which provide care to nearly

Baltimore’s Paula Sotir successfully advocates for regulated oversight to enhance the quality of care for seniors

TROY, Michigan—CarePatrol, a senior care solutions organization, recently announced a significant victory for the senior care industry as Maryland franchisee Paula Sotir worked with other senior

HR 8244 would allow nursing facilities to continue training CNAs even if they received a fine above the threshold limit

WASHINGTON—Following the mark up of the revised Ensuring Seniors' Access to Quality Act (HR 8244) by the House Ways and Means Committee on May 8, Katie Smith Sloat, president and CEO of LeadingAge released the following statement.

The package of bills addresses issues affecting patients by preserving & improving vital telehealth & health-at-home access, advancing solutions to prevent rural hospital closures

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Recently introduced legislation from Ways and Means Committee members aims at improving access to health care in America, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

AAHomecare is calling on providers to ask their senators and representatives to help move the 75/25 relief forward before the fly-in

WASHINGTON—More than 50 American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) board and council leaders are set to meet with approximately 140 House and Senate offices on May 15. Advocates will discuss a range of issues, including Medicare reimbursement policy—specifically, the need to pass 75/25 relief legislation that has moved through House and Senate committees but was not included in recent spending bills.

More have spoken on the rule which many believe will only add more pressure to already stressed staffing in home- and community-based care.

Since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Final Rule on "Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services" on Monday, April 22, many in the industry have voiced their disappointment in the rule, including the National Association for Home Care & H

The approved legislations was unanimously approved in the Tennessee House of Representatives

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—On Wednesday, April 24 the Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously approved (96-0) an amended version of HB 2147/SB 2368, legislation that ensures patients have strong access to effective preventative maintenance and repairs for complex rehab technology (CRT).

The newly adopted legislation:

The Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act aims to help seniors age at home

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a virtual press conference to announce the Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act (S 4120), legislation that would address a nationwide shortage of long-term care workers. Long-term care workers, including certified nursing assistants, personal care aides and home health aides, allow seniors to age with dignity, but low wages, understaffing and poor working conditions in the field have led to a severe shortage of workers.

Legislation streamlines access to Medicare and Medicaid services for people eligible for both, ensuring older adults’ access to integrated care 

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tom Carper (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), members of the Senate Duals Working Group, introduced the Delivering Unified Access to Lifesaving Services (DUALS) Act of 2024 to improve coverage for individuals jointly enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, also known as dual eligibles.

The DUALS Act of 2024:

Bill would create a new, nationwide grant program to incentivize and support states’ efforts to create strategic plans for aging

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Committee on Aging, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, introduced the Strategic Plan for Aging Act, a landmark bill that would create a new, nationwide grant program under the Older Americans Act (OAA) to incentivize and support states’ efforts to create their own strategic plans for aging.

AAHomeCare said continued grassroots advocacy support needed to advance relief provision

WASHINGTON—On Sunday, congressional leaders announced an agreement for a narrow health care package as part of appropriations legislation. The package does not include provisions to extend 75/25 Medicare blended rates for durable medical equipment (DME) in nonrural areas. These measures are part of appropriations language set for consideration by March 8.

AAHomecare asks industry advocates to make their voices heard by reaching out to their senators and representatives

WASHINGTON—AAHomecare’s lobbying team and other home medical equipment (HME) stakeholders remain engaged in advocating for including extended 75/25 blended-rate relief among health care provisions in government spending packages needed in advance of March 1 and March 8 funding deadlines. HHS funding is subject to the March 8 deadline.

The pilot program established would test expanding the acute hospital-at-home program to include observation status patients

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced the At Home Observation and Medical Evaluation (HOME) Services Act to establish a hospital-at-home pilot program that would test expanding the acute hospital-at-home program to include observation status patients.

Bill to provide up to $5,000 tax credit for family caregivers stretched to the limit

WASHINGTON—AARP applauded the reintroduction of the Credit for Caring Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide up to a $5,000 nonrefundable federal tax credit for working family caregivers who routinely cut back on their own health care or dip into their savings each year. 

The American Association for Homecare released updates on state-related Medicaid policies and reimbursement rate increases

The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) released updates on state-related Medicaid policies and reimbursement rate increases. 

Virginia Gains in CRT, NIV and Enteral Policies

Virginia Medicaid durable medical equipment (DME) policy was updated on Jan. 1 to include several revisions sought by industry advocates. Key changes include: