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Sen. Bennet Is Co-Sponsor On Bill Allowing NPs, Others To Order Home Health Care

Posted: Oct. 29, 2019

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet last week agreed to co-sponsor a bill that allows Medicare payment for home health services ordered by a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant. Currently, coverage is provided only for services ordered by a physician.

The bill, S.296, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019, was introduced earlier this year by Sen. Susan Collins, Republican of Maine. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, is co-sponsoring with Bennet, a Democrat. Bennet is the 37th senator to sign on as a sponsor or co-sponsor. 

H.R.2150, a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, has 119 sponsors and co-sponsors, including Colorado Reps. Scott Tipton, a Republican, and Joe Neguse, a Democrat.

The Home Care Association of Colorado thanks all of the Colorado co-sponsors for their support of this legislation, which will assist Medicare patients in receiving needed benefits. 

 

 

 

 

CMS Reschedules Next Phase of Home Health Review Choice Demonstration in Texas, Florida and North Carolina

Posted: Oct. 21, 2019

U.S. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES

To allow Home Health agencies to transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which becomes effective on January 1, 2020, CMS is rescheduling the implementation of the Home Health Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for the remaining states of Texas, North Carolina, and Florida. The demonstration is expected to begin in Texas on March 2, 2020. The choice selection period will begin on January 15, 2020 and end on February 13, 2020 for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) located in Texas, who submit claims to Palmetto GBA, the Jurisdiction M Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).  

HHAs should visit the Palmetto GBA provider portal for information and instructions on the RCD selection process. Through the portal, HHAs will be able to view the three initial review choices and make their selection. Palmetto GBA will also send letters to all Texas HHAs detailing this information. HHAs that do not make a choice selection by February 13, 2020 will be automatically placed in Choice 2: Post payment Review. 

Following the close of the choice selection period, the demonstration is expected to begin in Texas on March 2, 2020, and all periods of care starting on or after this date will be subject to the requirements of the choice selected.

Following the start of the demonstration in Texas, the demonstration is expected to begin in North Carolina and Florida on May 4, 2020. CMS will monitor the transition to PDGM and assess the need for any change to this date.

With the transition to the PDGM, CMS will phase in the inclusion of Low Utilization Payment Adjustments (LUPAs) within the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD).

Full story on CMS website

 

HCAC Issues Members-Only Regulatory Bulletin: Aug. 23, 2019

Posted: Aug. 23, 2019

The Home Care Association of Colorado today issued an important members-only regulatory bulletin. 

Members, please sign into the HCAC website here to access the bulletin. Not a member? Please join us!

 

 

New Plans For HCAC Town Hall Meeting On Thursday, April 18

Posted: April 14, 2019

Because SB19-238 is in the Senate Committee on Thursday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m., we are NOT having our Town Hall Meeting in Aurora as planned.

Instead, we ask you to convene in in the state Legislative Services Building, 200 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, to give testimony in Hearing Room B about how this legislation would affect your patients, your caregivers and your agencies. This building is immediately south of the Colorado Capitol. Street parking is limited, so please make plans to arrive early or commute in groups. 

We need to PACK the room...please show up in support of a NO vote on SB19-238.

For more information on SB19-238, click here.

 

HCAC Issues Important Advisory On Rates In Colorado

Posted: March 26, 2019

The Home Care Association of Colorado today issued an important advisory on Colorado home-health and home-care rates. Members can access this advisory here -- you must be signed in to the association's website to view. 

Not a member? Join today!

 
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