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The White House recently said that the current public health emergency (PHE) would “likely” last through the entirety of 2021. For now, blanket waivers have relaxed industry regulations, offering provider relief, but it is not time to rest on your laurels. Wisdom dictates that agencies...

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An update on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website warns providers that they are continuing phase-in participation, through March 31, 2021, for Florida and North Carolina. This concession on the part of CMS allows agencies in these states some flexibility. 

Things Your Agency Should Be Doing To Stay Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic On New Year’s Day, the Wall Street Journal reported the latest, emerging COVID-19 virus variants. Meanwhile, many countries face a second surge of coronavirus infections. This startling news leaves many agency owners and...

Shelter-in-Place. Self-quarantine. Telehealth. Work-from-home. Zoom Meetings.  Microsoft Teams. Google Hangouts. Conference Calls.  Limited gatherings. COVID-19. Today’s home healthcare seems to reflect all the above changing work environments. We have seen the impact on patient care and the quick implementation of telehealth visits for home health in the name of flattening the curve, but the impact of COVID-19 goes beyond our patients. 

On November 4, 2020 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule for 2021. Overall the changes this year were minimal since this was the first year for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and there is not enough data to support significant changes. Furthermore, the COVID pandemic affected industry operations which mitigated reform to the PDGM payment structure. Agencies should review the changes affecting their operations from the fifty-nine-page rule, but here is a quick glance at the updates: