Law/Rule Updates

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act bolsters seniors’ access to home health care services and provides needed funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurse practitioners (NPs) and other health care providers. The law authorizes NPs to certify and recertify home health care services for Medicare patients, strengthens funding for PPE, and ensures vital resources to respond to the pandemic. Under the previous Medicare rules, only physicians could place orders for patients to receive home health services – medical care provided in a patient’s home that can include skilled medical care, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.