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Health officials are preparing for the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines before the end of the year, adding a new sense of urgency for agencies trying to prepare to potentially distribute the vaccine and make key decisions on employee vaccination policies.
by: Tammy Binford
As employers look ahead to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, questions abound about what to expect. Some say a more employee-favorable attitude toward the labor movement certainly wouldn’t be a surprise.
The results of this year’s election will likely mean new leadership at CMS, under President-elect Joe Biden, but a ballot question in one state has put fresh attention on another hot topic for home health industry leaders: the minimum wage.
CMS’ 2021 PPS final rule will increase overall payments by a smaller amount than was proposed, and much to the industry’s dismay, the penalty for untimely RAPs will take effect on January 1 despite the hardships providers have faced related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent studies serve as a reminder, especially during a global pandemic, for agencies to focus on ways to ensure that patient referrals get converted into periods of care.
Agencies couldn’t have expected every twist and turn of the global pandemic, but leaders will be expected to update their emergency preparedness plans with the lessons learned from COVID-19, CMS states in a recent memo to surveyors.
Many of the outside audits and reviews on hold through the early months of the pandemic are expected to resume this fall, with a new level of intensity.
As flu season arrives, agencies will want to make employee vaccinations a priority to prevent staffing shortages and improve patient safety.
Many comments to the proposed 2021 home health payment rule asked CMS to consider the public health emergency (PHE) and the strain that it has had on providers when finalizing the rule.
CMS surveys have resumed.


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