What the Government Shutdown Means for Home Care & Hospice
Monday, October 7, 2013
by: Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy




In last week’s Member Update, VNAA highlighted guidance from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) on how the government shutdown would affect home care and hospice. Click here to access a copy of the contingency plan.

Below are topline answers from CMS:
  • Entitlement programs are deemed “mandatory spending‘.
  • Medicare payments to providers will continue but slowdowns in payments are possible depending on how CMS  and its contractors are affected.
  • Programs and services that aren’t mandatory, essential, or deemed to be top priorities could be affected by the Department of Health and Human Services furloughing over all but essential members of its workforce.
In addition, CMS has issued Survey and Certification Letter (S&C) 14-02-ALL effective October1, Contingency Plans – State Survey & Certification Activities in the Event of Federal Government Shutdown. The letter identifies functions that (a) are not affected by a shutdown, (b) essential functions that are to be continued in the event of a shutdown, and (c) other functions that are directly affected and therefore should not be operational during a shutdown.

Click here to access the letter regarding state survey and certification activities during the Federal Shutdown.  
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