March 18, 2020
Coronavirus Daily Update: Home Health Agencies Near ‘Breaking Point’; Trump Signs Paid Sick Leave Package
Home Health Care News
On Tuesday, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) released a list of strategic policy and regulatory relief suggestions aimed at improving access to home health, ensuring patient safety and eliminating barriers during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.
Among its suggestions, PQHH called for dedicated and clear telehealth capabilities for home health providers, including the use of phone-based visits.
“This will go far in containing the virus, in assisting patients in quarantine, in monitoring existing Medicare home health patients to ensure they will continue to stay in their homes and not seek hospital or physician care,” PQHH stated. “In addition, the telehealth rules should be modified to allow home health clinicians to bill directly for services provided.”