COVID-19 Support and Funding

Home health agencies (HHAs) stand ready to help meet the challenges presented by the coronavirus. HHAs are already providing care to patients COVID positive and are prepared to take on additional cases. By leveraging home health to its fullest extent hospital beds can be freed up for the most severe cases, precious PPE can be more efficiently utilized, costs of care will decrease, patients’ peace of mind will increase, and further spread of the infection can be minimized.Home health agencies (HHAs) stand ready to help meet the challenges presented by the coronavirus. HHAs are already providing care to patients COVID positive and are prepared to take on additional cases. By leveraging home health to its fullest extent hospital beds can be freed up for the most severe cases, precious PPE can be more efficiently utilized, costs of care will decrease, patients’ peace of mind will increase, and further spread of the infection can be minimized.
We thank the Congress and CMS for its support to date, including suspension of Medicare sequestration, financial relief from the Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund, and the allowance for non-physician practitioners to certify home health eligibility. While all helpful, additional support and relief is vital to stabilizing the industry and optimizing HHAs ability to be part of the pandemic solution.  We respectfully ask that Congress take the following actions:

  • Increase Medicare Home Health reimbursement by 15%.
  • Establish in-home care providers as a priority in PPE distribution.
  • Waivers to allow telehealth visits to be reimbursed within the home health benefit
  • Waive or suspend Medicare requirement that home health orders and eligibility certification be signed and dated by a physician during the public health emergency.

COVID-19 Policy Success and Requests

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Stimulus 4.0 Priorities

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