House Votes to Extend Sequestration Moratorium for Hospice, Other Providers

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to extend the moratorium on Medicare payment sequestration through Dec. 31. The moratorium, established through the CARES Act, was set to expire March 31. The bill will now go to the Senate. In Dec. 2020 Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium […]

Hospice Advocates: Extend Sequestration Moratorium

A number of health care industry organizations — including the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) — have written to congressional leaders requesting an extension of the temporary suspension of reimbursement sequestration. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suspended sequestration for […]

Hospices May Regain Access to Nursing Homes As Vaccines Roll Out

The rate of COVID-19 infections is declining among residents of long term care facilities, largely due to vaccinations. This is good news for hospice providers who have been struggling to gain access to facility-bound patients during the pandemic. Long term care facilities have been among the hardest hit by the killer virus. To date, more […]

U.S. Supreme Court May Hear Hospice False Claims Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is mulling whether it will hear arguments in a False Claims Act (FCA) case involving the hospice provider Care Alternatives. FCA actions pertaining to hospices most commonly focus on questions of a patient’s eligibility for those services. A 2019 report from the law firm of Bass, Barry, and Sims indicated that […]

Nursing Home, Assisted Living COVID Spikes Could Impact Hospice

As many states see surges in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospices will likely see a continuation of significant difficulties in accessing patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, which has been a persistent problem since the onset of the pandemic. Many states had begun relaxing some of the restrictions that were enacted to […]