WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2021)—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has received additional clarification on Medicare coverage policies for home health agencies.

NAHC has reported on responses from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on several key outstanding question. In that report NAHC noted follow-up was needed on two of CMS’s responses.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2020)—AAHomecare is currently working on comments for the Interim Final Rule (IFR), Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 public health emergency that was published on April 6, 2020. This IFR provided relief on coverage for respiratory products and allows non-physician healthcare professionals to prescribe DME under Medicaid.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 3, 2019)—In mid-November, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Massachusetts) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) announced a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input to inform the Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force as it works to develop bipartisan legislation to improve health care outcomes within underserved communities.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 7, 2019)—With legislators tackling a myriad of issues on Capitol Hill, participating in face-to-face meetings to build relationships and share personal experiences are the key to breaking through the clutter. Join AAHomecare for the Washington Legislative Conference, May 22-23 to move HME policy priorities to the forefront of Congress.

This support is vital to moving CMS to make changes to reimbursement program.

Washington D.C. (May 17, 2017)—A letter authored by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) is calling for reforms to policies and regulations involving durable medical equipment and complex rehab technology. The letter is to be sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

As reported by Ilene MacDonald with FierceHealthcare, although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to tout the success of the Pioneer accountable care organizations, the agency confirmed in an announcement that nine will leave the experimental program. The agency confirmed that Pioneers are abandoning the program, saying that seven did not produce savings and intend to apply to the alternative ACO model, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).