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Home Healthcare Looks to Step in to Care for COVID-19 Patients

The country's home healthcare providers are preparing to see a rise in demand for their services as more elderly patients and those with underlying health conditions stay home to lessen their risk of exposure to COVID-19, Steven Ross Johnson of Modern Healthcare reports. 

But, the magazine says, home health agencies see challenges in making sure providers remain healthy—both physically and financially—especially as they compete against hospitals for limited resources.

Modern Healthcare also noted: 

This week the Trump administration announced it will temporarily expand telehealth services under Medicare to cover such interactions at the same rate as in-person visits and allow doctors to provide services with their personal phones.

But stakeholders say neither the CMS changes, the $50 billion in federal disaster relief funding available through Trump's emergency declaration, nor the proposed Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by the Senate on Wednesday allows for home healthcare providers to expand their telehealth services.

While Medicare covers the cost of home health agencies providing remote patient monitoring if it is used to, "augment the care planning process", the program does not reimburse home health providers that use telehealth services to substitute for in-person visits.

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Members: Read Notes From Today's CMS Call on 1135 Waivers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this morning had a COVID-19 Call with Home Health Organizations. CMS leadership discussed 1135 waivers, the agency’s latest tele-health guidance, and gave other updates.

Notes of the call were provided by Katie Wehri, Director, Home Care & Hospice Regulatory Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice. 

 

 

 

Upcoming Webinar: Hospice and End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes During Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a large impact on patients with serious illness, and creating especially difficult situations for nursing homes. Join Elaine Healy, MD, FACP, CMD and John Cagle, PhD, MSW for a discussion on how this crisis is affecting hospice and end-of-life care in nursing homes and what strategies professionals might use to support families in facilitating intimacy and connection in the midst of shutdowns and quarantines.

The webinar will be live on March 25, 2020 from 1-2pm EDT.

Click here for more information.

 

The 2020 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference Has Been POSTPONED Until October 14-16, 2020

Posted: March 19, 2020

This year's conference will now take place at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek on October 14-16. Please visit the conference website below for more information on the postponement of the conference. Once the hotel has solidified everything on their end we will update the conference website with all the information pertaining to the new dates. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

 

Listen Now To CMS Stakeholder Call With Administrator Seema Verma

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is making stakeholder calls available in the wake of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

HHAC has archived the call for playback.

 
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