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In-Home Care/Personal Care Added as Medicare Advantage Benefit

Posted by Crystal Parks on Apr 3, 2018 6:27:40 PM

Beginning in 2019, Medicare Advantage plans may allow home care/personal care services as a supplemental benefit, according to a final rule issued by CMS.  This would signify the first time CMS has permitted supplemental benefits that include daily maintenance in Medicare Advantage plans.  Delta Home Care Icon

According to the CMS announcement:

“Previously, CMS has not allowed an item or service to be eligible as a supplemental benefit if the primary purpose includes daily maintenance. However, in the final Call Letter, CMS discusses a reinterpretation of the statute to expand the scope of the primarily health-related supplemental benefit standard. Under this reinterpretation, CMS would allow supplemental benefits if they are used to diagnose, prevent, or treat an illness or injury, compensate for physical impairments, act to ameliorate the functional/psychological impact of injuries or health conditions, or reduce avoidable emergency and healthcare utilization. This expansion will effectively increase the number of allowable supplemental benefit options and provide patients with benefits and services that may improve their quality of life and health outcomes.”

This rule was proposed back in February and earned the support of many industry stakeholders. 

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Topics: private duty home care

MedPAC Report Includes Five Percent Home Health Rate Cut

Posted by Crystal Parks on Mar 16, 2018 4:40:41 PM

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Topics: MedPAC

Home Health & Hospice Legislation at the Start of the New Year

Posted by Crystal Parks on Jan 3, 2018 6:11:25 PM

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NAHC provided it's members with a quick review of where home health and hospice stands legislatively at the beginning of 2018 in today's issue of the NAHC Report

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Topics: Hospice, Home Health, Regulatory Update

Salo Solutions Acquires Delta Health Technologies

Posted by Crystal Parks on Dec 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Salo Solutions, Inc.(Salo), a Columbus-based, healthcare-focused IT consultancy and systems integrator, today announced their purchase of Delta Health Technologies (Delta), an Altoona-based leading software provider for home health, hospice and private duty agencies. This acquisition will unite Delta’s software expertise with Salo’s business intelligence capabilities to provide business-driven solutions for care-at-home organizations. 

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Hospice COMPARE Quality Website Launched

Posted by Crystal Parks on Aug 17, 2017 1:19:27 PM

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CMS has launched the anticipated Hospice COMPARE website, aimed to give patients, family members, health care providers and others access to an initial set of seven quality measures for hospice programs across the Nation.  CMS anticipates that Hospice COMPARE will not only help consumers make more informed decisions about where they seek care, but also encourage hospices to improve the quality of care that they provide.

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Topics: Hospice Compare

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