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WEBINAR: Home Care and the Continuum – March 10

[03/05/15]

Posted on March 5, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Join Hall Render Attorney Robert Markette on March 10 for: How Home Care and Acute Care Can Work Together With the rise of ACOs and other new payment models, acute care providers are beginning to reconsider their involvement with post-acute care. As pay for performance, shared savings and other models that pay based upon... READ MORE

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Five-Star Ratings to Undergo Revisions

[02/12/15]

Posted on February 12, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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On February 12, CMS hosted an Open Door Forum on the upcoming changes to the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star rating system.  These changes will be effective on February 20th.  Nursing facilities will be able to privately view their revised ratings by mid-morning on Friday, February 13, via their MDS portal login. The updated scoring system may... READ MORE

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The Exemption Lives Part II: What Was It Again?

[01/16/15]

Posted on January 16, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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In light of the recent ruling that the revised companionship services exemption COULD NOT go into effect and that the long-standing version of the exemption would REMAIN IN EFFECT, we thought it was worth going back over the original exemption requirements so that home care providers can be sure that if they are going to... READ MORE

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Happy New Year from the D.C. Circuit

[12/31/14]

Posted on December 31, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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Hall Render advised readers of a memorandum opinion issued December 22, 2014¹ by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in which it struck down some, but not all, of the revised companionship services regulations (the “Regulations”) that are currently set to become effective on January 1, 2015. In this ruling, the... READ MORE

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D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Portion of New Companionship Services Exemption

[12/29/14]

Posted on December 29, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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In a memorandum opinion issued December 22, 2014,1 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down some, but not all, of the revised companionship services regulations (the “Regulations”) that are currently set to become effective on January 1, 2015. The ruling comes out of a legal challenge brought against the United... READ MORE

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Indiana Medicaid to Reimburse Home Health Agencies for Certain Telehealth Services

[10/31/14]

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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Senate Enrolled Act 554 from the 2013 legislative session set the stage for an upcoming change in Medicaid policy that will provide reimbursement for certain telehealth services provided by Home Health Agencies (“HHAs”).  The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (“IHCP”) released Bulletin BT201454 earlier this week outlining the policy change that will cover an HHA’s remote monitoring of data... READ MORE

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Caution – Pay No Mind to the Department of Labor’s Temporary Non-Enforcement Policy Relating to the Companion Services Exemption

[10/31/14]

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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In the October 9, 2014 Federal Register, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) indicated it will delay enforcement of the Companion Services Rule (“Rule”) until June 30, 2015 (the “Notice”). The DOL suggests this delayed enforcement is meant to assist the provider community with implementing changes in the Rule. In its commentary, the DOL suggests... READ MORE

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Are Major Changes Coming to Home Health Conditions of Participation?

[10/10/14]

Posted on October 10, 2014 in Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Deep Dive #1:  The Proposed QAPI Standard The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released revised home health conditions of participation (“proposed CoPs”) on October 6, 2014.  Home health agencies (“HHAs”) and the health systems or providers with which they work should take a close look at the proposed changes, as they will... READ MORE

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