COVID-19 Resource Center
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: ODM’s Final Telehealth Guidance – A message from ODM Director Maureen Corcoran on telehealth: Thank you for continuing to support Ohioans in need of care during the COVID-19 crisis. Today we are notifying you of updates to our telehealth policies. Attached you will find a document summarizing the changes. Additionally, a link has been provided for more information about billing. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to submit an email inquiry at Medicaid@medicaid.ohio.gov.
Please take care, and thanks again,
Maureen M. Corcoran, Director
Ohio Department of Medicaid
Home Health Agencies: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 – NPs, CNSs & PAs can now certify eligibility for the home health Plans of Care and Certifying/Recertifying Patient Eligibility.
HOSPICE: FY 2021 Hospice Proposed Rule Released, NAHC Form of States, April 10, 2020—The FY 2021 Hospice Proposed Rule includes the following:
- update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2021
- proposes changes to the hospice wage index by adopting the most recent Office of Management and Budget statistical area delineations,with a 5% cap on wage index decreases
- summarizes the changes to the hospice election statement finalized in the FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Rate Update final rule and effective for October 1, 2020; and provides hospices with a model election statement and sample addendum
- the proposed FY 2021 hospice payment update percentage is 2.6 percent
OCHCH will do further analysis of the Proposed Rule and will keep Hospice providers updated.
HOSPICE: CMS Releases Q and A on Hospice Telehealth, NAHC Forum of States List Serve, April 9, 2020
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: Guidance on COVID-19 and Adult CPR, NAHC List Serve, April 9, 2020
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: Updated Questions and Answers on COVID-19, CMS MLN Matters, April 9, 2020-- Review CMS’ updated FAQs to equip the American health care system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Check this resource often as CMS updates it on a regular basis - CMS inserts the date at the end of each FAQ when it is new or updated.
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: Your FAQ for Employment Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic, NAHC Report, April 13, 2020 – This invaluable resource answers your questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed employment issues in the home cae industry. It has important news updates on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the CARES Act, employee relations, and more. READ IT!
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: COVID-19 Long Term Care Transfer Scenrios, CMS List Serve, April 14, 2020 – CMS is providing supplemental information for transferring or discharging residents between skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and/or nursing facilities based on COVID-19 status (i.e., positive, negative, unknown/under observation). In general, if two or more certified LTC facilities want to transfer or discharge residents between themselves for the purposes of cohorting, they do not need any additional approval to do so. However, if a certified LTC facility would like to transfer or discharge residents to a non-certified location for the purposes of cohorting, they need approval from the State Survey Agency.
A copy of the guidance and a graphic explaining the various scenarios can be found here.
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: Trump Administration Acts to Ensure U.S. Healthcare Facilities Can Maximize Frontline Workforces to Confront COVID-19 Crisis, CMS List Serve, April 9, 2020 – CMS announced several changes CMS on April 9, 2020 which will ensure that healthcare facilities across the nation can expand their staffs and organize them in the most efficient way possible to handle the incoming surge of COVID-19 patients.
As a result of CMS’s action:
- Occupational therapists from home health agencies can now perform initial assessments on certain homebound patients, allowing home health services to start sooner and freeing home-health nurses to do more direct patient care.
- Hospice nurses will be relieved of hospice aide in-service training tasks so they can spend more time with patients.
- Doctors can now directly care for patients at rural hospitals, across state lines if necessary, via phone, radio, or online communication, without having to be physically present. Remotely located physicians, coordinating with nurse practitioners at rural facilities, will provide staffs at such facilities additional flexibility to meet the needs of their patients.
- Nurse practitioners, in addition to physicians, may now perform some medical exams on Medicare patients at skilled nursing facilities so that patient needs, whether COVID-19 related or not, continue to be met in the face of increased care demands.
For a fact sheet detailing additional information on the waivers click here
>>>RCD/PDGM UPDATES –
CANCELLED – OCHCH WEEKLY PDGM/RCD CALL - FRIDAY, April 17, 2020
If you have PDGM or RCD QUESTIONS PLEASE SEND THEM TO firstname.lastname@example.org
Use PDGM or RCD as the subject title.
If you need OCHCH to contact Palmetto GBA regarding a PCR NON-AFFIRMATION,
Please e-mail a short description and the UTN and your provider number.
DO NOT e-mail any info that could be non-compliant with the HIPAA regulations
Please check out the toolkits for PDGM and also RCD!
INFORMATION from the RCD ONLY Call on April 3, 2020:
OCHCH RCD Update: April 3rd, 2020;
RCD for Ohios Home Health Services Has Been PAUSED