Month: November 2020

Over the past several years, it seems as though the home health industry has been inching closer and closer toward the elimination of Medicare’s strict physician-certification policy. Now — thanks to the CARES Act — nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are able to certify eligibility for home health. While
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In an effort to boost value-based care, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it has finalized changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law — often referred to as the Stark Law. For home health providers, the changes could mean more opportunities for value-based care arrangements moving forward, experts believe. Broadly,
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Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, elected officials are spending the last of a federal relief package passed in the spring as an end-of-year deadline approaches
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Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx speaks as President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 21, 2020. Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah
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In Episode #14 of “Next Up,” Brian Castrucci, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, discusses how SDOH are now healthcare’s responsibility, especially given the inequities revealed during the pandemic. Policy and legislation is where true change can be made. So what skills does a rising administrator need now?   For a transcript of this podcast,
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Congress is working to avert a government shutdown on Dec. 11, and providers are lobbying to ensure several of their healthcare policy priorities are addressed. When lawmakers most recently extended the government funding deadline in September, they included one of providers’ top priorities by relaxing repayment terms for COVID-19 Medicare loans. Providers see several opportunities
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The British government said Friday it has formally asked the country’s medicines regulator to assess whether a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University should be authorized for use. The step comes amid questions about preliminary results from trials of the jab, after the company and the university acknowledged that the most encouraging part
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CMS on Wednesday said hospitals won’t have to provide around-the-clock access to nursing services for patients who receive acute care services at home. In an update to its “Hospitals Without Walls” program that launched in March, CMS added new regulatory flexibilities that would allow hospitals to expand acute care services outside of their facilities. Hospitals
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Operation Warp Speed’s Chief Science Advisor Moncef Slaoui told CNBC that Americans can expect to get back to ‘normal’ by summer 2021, as families across the United States spend Thanksgiving apart this year in order to keep their loved ones safe.  “We hope that we would have vaccinated 70% to 80% of the U.S. population
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Dive Brief: Sanford Health’s CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft is leaving the top exec role after almost 25 years, according to a Tuesday announcement from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based system, following controversial statements the outgoing CEO made about mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic. Sanford and Krabbenhoft maintain the decision is mutual. But it follows an
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