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Big Changes for Medicare Home Care Provider’s Emergency Preparedness Under CMS Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters. These new requirements will require certain participating providers and suppliers to plan for […]

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CMS Publishes Final Rule for 2017 Medicare Home Health Rates

Yesterday, October 31st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final rule regarding changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) for Calendar Year (CY) 2017. The final rule also includes payment policy provisions, updates to the home health quality reporting program (HHQRP) and proposed changes to the Home Health […]

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CMS Issues Final Rule for 2015

Late Thursday CMS released its final rule for 2015 Medicare Home Health PPS rates. CMS also finalized some of the other proposals – including eliminating the physician narrative to the face-to-face requirements. Below are some highlights of the Final Rule: The physician F2F narrative requirement has been eliminated effective January 1, 2015. The F2F encounter […]

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DOL Limits Caregiving Options for the Poor and Elderly

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s new rule goes into effect which restricts companionship and live-in service exceptions to minimum wage and overtime requirements. These changes could dramatically change live-in services that some home care agencies in New Hampshire provide. This final rule redefines “companionship services”  and requires overtime pay and minimum wage […]

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NAHC Lawsuit on Face-to-Face Physician Encounter Rule Advances

According to today’s NAHC Reports, the lawsuit challenging the face-to-face rule is advancing in Federal District Court. The Department of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss with the court arguing that the court does not have the power to hear the case. The Medicare Motion to Dismiss argues that NAHC failed to exhaust all […]

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