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CMS hosted an open door forum on July 29th during which time they provided home health and hospice agencies with the following key regulatory updates.
CMS addressed questions regarding who should complete a discharge OASIS when the last visit is a telehealth visit, and the patient refuses more in-person visits.
As states experiment with different phases of reopening, home health agencies like all businesses are working to establish the “new normal” to protect their employees.
CMS’ 2021 proposed PPS rule aims to introduce some stability in the home health market by going a little lighter on changes this year.
CMS surveyors are focused on checking providers’ infection control policies and emergency response plans as a result of the public health emergency.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new FAQs about funds granted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Provider Relief Fund.
Home health and hospice providers urged CMS to consider permanent adjustments to relax telehealth requirements that would support better communication and access to care for the patients they serve beyond the public health emergency.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, agency managers are looking into alternative ways for clinicians to communicate with patients and each other while securing delicate patient information.
Now that some agencies are navigating the unchartered territory of providing telehealth for home health patients, they are looking for ways to get consent from patients to ensure absolute compliance while limiting the unnecessary risk for exposure to COVID-19 spread.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accomplished what years of home health advocacy previously was unable to bring about.


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