Home Health Line Breaking News
Medicare beneficiaries will now have access to new medical devices faster, according to a final rule CMS announced Jan. 12, 2021.
In the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the height of flu season, it is important to ensure patients in home health and hospice care are up to date on their influenza and pneumonia vaccines.
An issue with RAP processing under the new no-pay RAP policies has led to some RAPs being returned to agencies, but Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have determined a workaround, according to a message from CGS to providers last week.
CMS is revising the COVID-19 focused infection control (FIC) survey tool for acute and continuing care to help ensure an effective assessment of a provider’s or supplier’s implementation of the appropriate infection prevention standards, according to a memo released December 30.
CMS will expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, officials announced January 8, 2021.
The 2% payment adjustment, suspended under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act from May 1 through December 31, 2020, has been extended to March 31, 2021, under the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, signed into law on December 27, 2020.
The CDC has offered guidance for states on how to prioritize vaccination, but it is up to local health officials to make final determinations on priorities and timelines for vaccine rollout.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently began releasing new hospital COVID-19 data at the facility level.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for persons 18 and older. Meanwhile, a federal advisory committee voted Sunday to put seniors 75 and older among those next in line to get vaccinated.
CMS’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has an opportunity for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to participate in the Global and Professional Options of the Direct Contracting Model. 


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