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Resources by Topic: Home health

CMS Open Door Forum Podcast and Transcripts
Provides audio recordings and transcripts of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum calls since October 2016, including the Rural Health Open Door Forums and COVID-19 stakeholder calls.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Home Health Prospective Payment System for CY 2021
Comments on a June 30, 2020, Federal Register proposed rule related to Medicare payment policies for home health agencies. Includes comments addressing the use of technology under the Medicare home health benefit and changes to geographic area delineations.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
Provides an overview of waived Medicare regulations in response to COVID-19. Lists waivers that impact all types of providers, including Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, and others. Includes information on changes to telemedicine and quality improvement programs.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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MedPAC Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2020
Provides an overview of Medicare spending and highlights data on Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care provided through the Medicare program, and other payer liability. Examines settings of care, including rural specific provider sites, as they relate to spending, access to care, and profit margins. Compares rural and urban beneficiaries and providers throughout. Chart 6-2 addresses rural hospital closures.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
Provides information for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) regarding the expansion of virtual communication services in response to COVID-19. Describes the revision of the Home Health Agency Shortage Area requirement for visiting nursing services provided by RHCs and FQHCs.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet
Lists 1135 waivers available from CMS to help healthcare providers respond to COVID-19, with information for specific facility types including skilled nursing facilities, Critical Access Hospitals, and home health agencies.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2020
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Includes discussion on Medicare payment policies directly affecting rural providers and beneficiaries. Addresses payment adequacy for healthcare facilities and services, improving Medicare payment for post-acute care, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and the impact of healthcare provider consolidation.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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There's No Place Like Home: Home Health Care in Rural America
Recording of testimony by providers of rural home health care and representatives of home health and hospice organizations, in a hearing held by the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Feb. 12, 2020. Addresses challenges including workforce shortages and limitations in Medicare coverage for needed services.
Additional links: Testimony of Francis Adams, Testimony of Leigh Ann Howard, Testimony of Warren Hebert, Testimony of William A. Dombi
Date: 02/2020
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Senate - Special Committee on Aging
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Variation in Use of Home Health Care among Fee-for-Service Medicare Beneficiaries by Rural-Urban Status and Geographic Region: Assessing the Potential for Unmet Need
County-level analysis of home health care use by Medicare beneficiaries in 2013. Explores characteristics of beneficiaries and their communities. Features statistics with breakdowns by geographic region and 5 levels of population density.
Author(s): Tracy M. Mroz, Lisa A. Garberson, Jennifer L. Wong, et al.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Evaluation of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model: Second Annual Report
Evaluates the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, designed by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), implemented in nine states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. The HHVBP Model was created to establish the impact of providing financial incentives to home health agencies (HHAs) for improvements in quality of care. The analysis, based on data from the implementation stages (2013-2015) and performance years (2016-2017), reports on the effects of financial incentives on quality of care, Medicare expenditures, patient outcomes, and identifies regional differences in beneficiary demographics, and rural and urban status.
Author(s): Alyssa Pozniak, Marc Turenne, Purna Mukhopadhyay, et al.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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