Home Health & Hospice

Weekly Roundup

Homecare Insider, November 30, 2015

NAHC's Dombi: Potential issues loom for home health agencies targeting ALFs

William Dombi, vice president for law at the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), spoke on the dangers home health agencies that cater specifically to particular assisted-living facilities (ALF). Of particular issue are agencies that rent space in the facility, creating an environment that makes it tough to ensure residents understand they have the option of receiving care by another agency. Dombi warns of agencies who pay a high premium rent for such spaces. Agencies are also not allowed to rent the space with explicit terms that the ALF will refer patients to the agency. 

Linda Gillespie, the aging and disability resource director at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, says that while they don't receive complaints, she wonders if residents realize they have the right to have a choice in home health services, regardless of what services are available in their facility.

Source: Columbus Dispatch


CMS seeks new RAC proposals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Requests for Proposals for the next Recovery Auditor Contracts (RACs). The current RACs have been working under modified contracts. The purpose of the RAC is to continue active auditing activities, including additional documentation requests.

CMS has also issued a RAC enhancement program that address concerns raised by providers since RACs were established. These enhances include posting provider compliance tips to the CMS website, establishing a provider relations coordinator, limiting the look-back period, creating standards for auditor accuracy rates, and has implemented or is in the process of implementing more enhancements based on feedback.

Source: NAHC, CMS

'Recognize the value of the work,’ says Clinton

On November 22, at a campaign stop in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cited the value of both family caregivers and paid caregivers. “We need to recognize the value of the work that caregivers give to all of us, both those who are paid and the great number who are unpaid,” Clinton said.

Clinton has introduced a plan to provide tax relief to family caregivers, expand Social Security benefits for caregivers, invest more in President Obama's Caregiver Respite budget, and increase training and resources for those who act as caregivers.

Source: NAHC, Politico