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2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Nominees

2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Nominees

NAHC and HHNA Announce the Top 10 Finalists for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Recognition Program. VOTE TODAY for your top nurse! Voting runs from July 11, 2014, to September 30, 2014.

 
Ric Edelman Named Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting

Ric Edelman Named Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting

Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC, announced that Ric Edelman, three times ranked the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation by Barron’s, will be a Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, October 20, 2014.

 
Hon. Gabby Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly

Hon. Gabby Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly

Just confirmed to speak at the 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition, October 19, 2014!

 
Senator Ron Wyden Confirmed to Speak, October 19, 2014!

Senator Ron Wyden Confirmed to Speak, October 19, 2014!

Join us at the 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 19th as we honor Home Care & Hospice Hero Senator Ron Wyden!

 
Doug Rauch Named Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting

Doug Rauch Named Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting

Just confirmed to speak at the 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition, Tuesday, October 21, 2014!

 
NAHC Lawsuit Challenges CMS Rule on Face-to-Face  Encounters for Home Health Services

NAHC Lawsuit Challenges CMS Rule on Face-to-Face Encounters for Home Health Services

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) filed a lawsuit on June 5, 2014, challenging the administration of the physician face-to-face encounter documentation requirements developed and administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

 

Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President, Commends CMS for its Guidance on Medicare Part D for Hospice Patients.

To: All Members of the Home Care & Hospice Community

From: Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Re: Victory on Hospice

Date: July 18, 2014

CMS has issued a new memorandum moderating their regulation on “Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice.” The new directive limits prior authorization by hospices to four classes of drugs that were the subject of a report by the HHS Inspector General (IG). These drugs, which are nearly always covered under the Medicare hospice benefit, include analgesics, antinauseants, laxatives, and antianxiety medications.

“This action by CMS will bring marked relief to hospice patients and their providers who have been dealing with the previous policy under which all drugs processed through Part D for hospice patients were subject to prior authorization,” said Andrea Devoti, NAHC chairman of the board of directors.

The IG report charged that hospices were not absorbing their fair share of drugs under the hospice episodic payment system and accused them of improperly passing these costs on to Medicare Part D. The result was a broad-gauge prior authorization requirement designed to limit access to Part D.

Our chairman, Andrea Devoti, wrote to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, protesting that this guidance would be burdensome to providers, cause confusion, and force patients into a limbo of not knowing whether they were eligible for drug coverage once admitted to hospice. Joanne Cunningham, chairman of the Forum of State Associations, and the members of the Forum sent their own strong letter. All of the state associations joined us in educating their members of Congress about problems with the guidance. Finally, we convinced Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) to support us by sending a letter signed by 75 members of the U.S. Senate. All things considered we made a very compelling case.

In closing, I want to thank you all for your help in achieving this victory for hospice. I also want to thank you for helping us win the fight to bring reason to the “face to face” regulation. We appreciate your support with the lawsuits that we have pending, and if you are not a member of NAHC, now is good time to join. Remember, in unity there is strength.
 

Featured News

Another Bill Introduced to Offer Relief from CMS' Misguided Rebasing Rule

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Congressmen Greg Walden (R-OR) and Tom Price (R-GA) recently introduced the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act of 2014 (H.R.5110). The SAVE Act would repeal CMS' flawed rebasing rule starting January 1, 2015 and seek to offset the cost of repeal by establishing a home health value-based purchasing program beginning in 2019. H.R. 5110 is the second bill introduced in the House that addresses CMS’ rebasing rule. read more

Physician Payment for Chronic Care Management Services to Begin in 2015

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beginning in 2015, physicians will be able to receive payment for non face-to-face time a physician and their staff spends managing the care of Medicare patients with two or more chronic conditions. Last year, CMS finalized a separate payment for chronic care management (CCM) codes. read more

CMS Eases Scope of PA for Part D Beneficiaries on Hospice: Limits PA to 4 Drug Categories Identified by OIG as a Concern

Monday, July 21, 2014

On July 18, 2014 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum, Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Medicare Hospice, which updates the guidance previously released in March. 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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