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Agencies with staff members who are not 100% vaccinated need to follow all of the ETS guidelines regarding social distancing in the office, wearing masks at all times, introducing physical barriers if needed and screening all visitors.
Agencies should be preparing now for the national expansion of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) in January 2022, announced in the home health proposed rule June 28.
Pay close attention to your responses to the Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) surveys as they soon may be a factor in payment adjustments under a national Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model.
CMS has announced a national expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
Agencies face new compliance risks under the COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). But the new rules from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), released June 10, 2021, offer a path for fewer requirements during some home health visits.
Agencies will likely face new compliance hurdles under post-payment review as Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) begin analyzing claims during the pandemic.
CMS will pay more money to Medicare providers for administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the home, beginning with vaccines administered on June 8, 2021.
Updated technical assistance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarifies how employers can require or encourage employees to take a COVID-19 vaccine, but attorneys advising employers point out how the document also contains cautions.
Congress continues to roll out new legislation supporting home health, and agencies should keep monitoring their state authorities as new regulations and key funding decisions are happening closer to home.
The Biden administration announcement of a delay in a rule affecting pay for foreign workers means employers won’t have to quickly adjust to significantly higher prevailing wages for certain foreign employees.


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