Congress Reaches Spending Deal, Extends Hospice Recertification Waivers

Posted Saturday, March 12, 2022

Congress has reached a consensus on a $1.5 trillion omnibus bill to fund the federal government.  Of particular interest to home care and hospice providers is that the legislation extends the temporary flexibilities for virtual care.  If the bill is enacted, it would extend telehealth recertifications for five months following the end of the public health emergency.

“That flexibility helps ensure access to hospice services for rural and underserved communities,” National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) President and CEO Edo Banach told Hospice News. “We’re pleased to see this short-term extension, and we’ll continue working with Congress to make this change permanent.”

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