Hospice Advocates Ask White House for COVID-19 Disaster Declaration, Waivers for Hospice

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 12:39 PM

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has asked the White House in a letter to declare the pandemic a national disaster, allowing hospices and other health care providers some flexibility in complying with Medicare Conditions of Participation.   NAHC submitted a letter to Seema Verma, the Administrator of CMS, asking for more flexibility for home health care providers. 

“A disaster declaration would allow CMS to issue an 1135 waiver for health care organizations, including hospices. These waivers would relax some CMS rules regarding the timeframes for the initial and comprehensive assessments, updates to care plans, allow for contracting for core services, rules governing volunteer activities and other provisions. 

Potential CMS actions such as expanding the use of telemedicine — and ensuring providers can be reimbursed for it — could go a long way. “

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