For Immediate Release:
June 5, 2020

NHPCO Submits Comments on President Trump’s Executive Order for Regulatory Relief 

(Alexandria, Va) – Today, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization responded to President Trump’s Executive Order 13924: Regulatory Relief to Support the Economic Recovery. The President requested that agencies “should address this economic emergency by rescinding, modifying, waiving, or providing exemptions from regulations and other requirements that may inhibit economic recovery…”

NHPCO provided the Administration with recommendations for regulatory relief, identifying what flexibilities adopted by the Administration should be made permanent and identifying areas for enforcement discretion after the public health emergency has concluded.

NHPCO focused on regulatory flexibilities that encourage economic recovery, such as making the hospice face-to-face encounter available through telehealth after the end of the public health emergency, allowing audio-only for CPT codes for advance care planning, requesting a code for telehealth visits on the claim form, the use of pseudo patients for hospice aide training, and support for telehealth services to continue after the end of the public health emergency.  In addition, NHPCO focused on innovation, requested that the Administration consider the development of a community based palliative care model through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).  Finally, NHPCO focused on enforcement considerations, requesting that TPE and other audits continue to be suspended for twelve months after the end of the public health emergency and that CMS designate hospice workers as essential workers in guidance to nursing homes.

Read the full NHPCO comment letter (06/05/20) available on the NHPCO website.

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Vice President, Communications
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