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News by Topic: Home health

Apr 14, 2021 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2022. Includes changes to the labor shares of hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and proposes clarifying changes to the election statement addendum that was implemented on October 1, 2020. Among other things, this rule also proposes making permanent selected regulatory blanket waivers issued to Medicare-participating hospice agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency public and proposes changes to public reporting for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program to address exceptions related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Includes rural considerations throughout. Comments are due by June 7, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 2, 2021 - Highlights efforts by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to administer COVID-19 vaccines to veterans in rural areas. Features the West Texas VA home based primary care (HBPC) program that provided single-dose COVID-19 vaccines to homebound and rural veterans in the local community.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs