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HCL News - Tools for Remote Visits Using Telecommunication Technology

HCL News - Tools for Remote Visits Using Telecommunication Technology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued temporary amendments to the home health and hospice regulations to allow the use of telecommunications technology in conjunction with home visits. The use of telecommunications technology must be related to the services being furnished and must be included on the plan of care, along with a description of how it will help to achieve the goals on the plan of care, without serving as a substitute for a visit ordered on the plan of care. More details and background information can be found in the Interim Final Rule CMS-1744-IFC, specifically, in Section G (pg. 64) for home health and Section H (pg. 72) for hospice. ..

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HCL News - Department of Labor Updates

HCL News - Department of Labor Updates

“The [US] Department [of Labor] is promulgating regulations to implement public health emergency leave under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and emergency paid sick leave to assist working families facing public health emergencies arising out of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The leave provisions are created by a time-limited statutory authority established under the FFCRA [Families First Coronavirus Response Act] and are set to expire on December 31, 2020. The temporary rule is effective from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.” Agencies should follow the guidelines put forth by the WHD, as decisions on how to respond may vary based on agency-specific circumstances. The WHD offers a COVID-19 Resource webpage with many helpful items, including a recorded webinar and slides..

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HCL News - Interim-Procedures Change Policy & Form

HCL News - Interim-Procedures Change Policy & Form

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these changes, HealthCare ConsultLink (HCL) has created an interim-procedures change policy, EP.1 Emergency Policy Changes, and a form for the documentation of Temporary Emergency Policy Changes & Staff Acknowledgment. These documents have been created to respond to any and all interim policy changes that may be necessary for an agency. Due to the rapidly changing information and temporary nature of updates, HCL will not be providing specific policies for every change at this time. ..

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