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Evaluation of CY2020 Medicare Home Health Services

Click Here for a data-filled HHAC Member's Only update prepared for the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) by Dobson/DaVanzo. 

"Analysis of Preliminary 2020 Medicare Claims to Assess the Early Impact of PDGM Implementation and COVID-19 Pandemic on Home Health Agencies" 


How to Talk to Believers of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

"Conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are causing real-world problems by discouraging some people from getting vaccinated, wearing masks or following other guidelines. Experts on misinformation and psychology interviewed by The Associated Press offer several tips for individuals wondering how to talk to friends or family who believe conspiracy theories about COVID-19.” Read more in this article from the Associated Press.


House Passes Extension Of Medicare Sequester Moratorium

By Michelle M. Stein
The House late Tuesday (April 13) overwhelming passed legislation to stave off a 2% Medicare sequester cut, sending the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk. Providers praised the move to extend the Medicare sequester moratorium.
The lower chamber approved 384-38 a bill passed by the Senate in late March that would delay the sequester cut until 2022. However, unlike the previous House-passed version, the latest bill doesn’t include a provision that also would head off additional sequester cuts created by the American Rescue Plan.
CMS in late March said it would hold Medicare claims “for a short period” starting April 1 so that providers wouldn’t face the 2% Medicare sequester cuts before lawmakers had a chance to take final action on the moratorium extension. -- Michelle M. Stein ([email protected])


FDA Recommends Temporary Pause on Administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. On Thursday morning, April 13th, 2021, the FDA recommended a temporary pause on the administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination until they have had a chance to review the data and provide guidance for healthcare providers.

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New CDC COVID-19 Domestic Travel Recommendations

The CDC has released new Domestic Travel recommendations which include the following for those who have not been vaccinated: 

  • Get tested 1-3 days before travel
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days. Self-quarantine for 10 days if you didn't get tested. 
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Wear a mask and take other precautions during travel
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not. 
For those who have been vaccinated, the following recommendations apply: 
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Wear a mask and take other precautions during travel
Click Link to the CDC Travel Guidance
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