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NAHC Partners with Manchester Specialty Programs

NAHC Partners with Manchester Specialty Programs

Learn more about our new affinity partnership with Manchester Specialty Programs and how NAHC members can take advantage of these insurance benefits.

 
2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo

2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo

Registration is now open! Spend quality time in Long Beach, California, at home care and hospice’s most exciting conference – with inspirational speakers, timely education, and the industry’s premier Expo.

 
New NAHC Webinar Series on Emergency Preparedness

New NAHC Webinar Series on Emergency Preparedness

Get the necessary planning in place to provide safe care for their patients in the event of an emergency. This NAHC webinar series will provide the knowledge participants need to prepare for the unexpected with confidence.

 
Home Care & Hospice Career Center

Try the New Home Care & Hospice Career Center

Hiring caring and qualified staff is important, and will play a vital role as home care and hospice become the center of health care. NAHC Members get Two FREE postings per month! NAHC Members also get 50% off on additional postings and posting packages.

 
Home Care & Hospice Agency Locator

Update Your Listing Today!

Make it easy for referrers and patients to find your agency. The Agency Locator contains the most comprehensive database of more than 33,000 home care and hospice agencies. Easily searchable by state and zip code.

 

Caring Spotlight

Mike Vance

Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame

Dean of Disney University and author of Think Out of the Box

Fight the Proposed Home Health Groupings Model!

Home_Health_Rate_CutsThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CY2018 Proposed Rule for the Home Health Agency (HHA) Prospective Payment System includes the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), a policy that must be withdrawn because it will cause massive disruption in the industry and its five percent  reduction in Medicare reimbursements — almost $1 billion in 2019 alone — will lead to a loss of critical services to millions of patients. In addition, CMS does not have the statutory authority to impose these changes on the industry without Congressional action.

The proposed HHGM would:

  • Create access to care barriers for vulnerable home health patients;
  • Significantly cut reimbursement for many types of home health patients without Congressional authorization;
  • Compound five years of rate cuts that total nearly 18% in a benefit that has had essentially flat spending since 2010; and
  • Impose non-budget neutral reforms in home health services at a level that previously caused significant harm to patients, e.g. with the Interim Payment System (1998-2000), nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries lost access to care following the closure of more than 4,000 home health agencies virtually overnight.

NAHC urges CMS to withdraw the HHGM policy and instead work with stakeholders to develop a fully budget-neutral policy that does not limit access to beneficiaries or diminish provider resources.

This issue is NAHC’s top priority and will remain so until the policy is improved. To defeat this payment rule before it brings havoc to the industry, we need home health leaders, employees and patients to make their voices heard by policymakers in Washington, D.C. Without your support and advocacy, this rule cannot be stopped. Please go to the NAHC Legislative Action Center and ask Congress to tell CMS to withdraw the payment rule.

Read more NAHC analysis about the proposed HHGM:

CMS Must Withdraw the Proposed Home Health Groupings Model

Home Health Care Has Endured a Series of Rate Cuts Since 2009

NAHC Letter to CMS – Withdraw the Home Health Group Model

CMS’ Proposal Home Health Groupings Model Puts Entire Home Health System at Risk

CMS Does Not Have Statutory Authority to Impose HHGM, Must Withdraw It
 

Featured News

Idaho Home Care Takes Digital Advocacy to the Next Level

Monday, September 25, 2017

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice’s (NAHC) March on Washington has continuously proven to be an effective means to advocate for home care and hospice issues before Congress. However, not every one in home care and hospice can make it to Washington for the advocacy day so NAHC added a virtual advocacy day, so that those who care about home care and hospice can easily contact their elected officials. read more

NAHC Urges Senate to Oppose Graham-Cassidy Amendment to Repeal the ACA

Monday, September 25, 2017

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations in writing a letter to the U.S. Senate, urging Senators to reject the Graham-Cassidy Amendment to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, which would repeal critical portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) and impose harsh Medicaid per-capita caps. read more

Hospice a Key Part of New Guidelines for Communication with Cancer Patients

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hospice referral forms a critical part of new treatment guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), published in the September 11, 2017 editionof the Journal of Clinical Oncology. read more

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National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers. They, in turn, depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that strives for excellence in all respects. We help our members maintain the highest standards of care.

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