Plus: Legislative priorities for HME & home health
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In addition to the provisions affecting home health and hospice providers, rural oxygen providers received a win in the omnibus bill passed Dec. 21, 2020. The legislation ended the budget neutrality requirements for certain classes of oxygen equipment. Read more here.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday that it has approved the expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model, now running in nine states, starting in 2022. COVID-19 demonstrated that seniors need more options beyond nursing homes, CMS head Seema Verma said in the announcement. Read the announcement here.

Industry News
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Senior care expert Carolyn Merrick breaks down the risks of social isolation—and how to combat the growing problem—in this new webinar sponsored by Hamilton CapTel. Join us Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how the pandemic has affected social isolation and about proven therapies and technologies to combat the problem. Can't attend on the 27th? Register anyway and we'll send you a link.
HomeCare Product Watch is a live demo of new and innovative products to help you serve your homecare customers. In this 30-minute interactive video experience, you'll get a walk-through of product features and have time to ask company representatives questions. Join HomeCare Editor Hannah Wolfson and Mark Cerezin, senior sales manager at Apex Medical USA, on Feb. 2, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, for a demonstration of the ProCare Optima alternating pressure redistribution system. 
How HME Stepped Up During a Difficult Year
The beginning of 2021 finds almost every aspect of American life in a very different place than this time last year, and the home medical equipment (HME) community is no exception. The HME industry can look back at the last year with pride and look ahead to 2021 with optimism. Read more here.
A To-Do List for Lawmakers
With a new Congress and new administration arriving this month, there could be a lot of legislative and regulatory changes coming in 2021. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice shares the industry's priorities for the first 100 days here.
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