NAHC Announces CMS Officials to Speak at March on Washington Conference
March 22, 2016 11:40 AM
Two leading officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will speak at the 2016 March on Washington Conference regarding the outlook on Medicaid and Medicare home health and hospice policy, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced today. The two officials are Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator & Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS; and Mike Nardone, Director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS. Mr. Cavanaugh will speak on the morning and Mr. Nardone will speak on the afternoon of Monday, April 4. The March on Washington Conference will take place April 3 – 5 in Washington, D.C.
Sean Cavanaugh will address attendees regarding the outlook on Medicare home health and hospice policy. He will address how CMS views home health services in the overall Medicare program and the expected direction of its policies that impact home health services. This policy direction includes the existing home health benefit along with activities in other health care sectors that would affect home health care delivery and operations. Mr. Cavanaugh will also provide an in-depth look at the direction of recent Medicare hospice policy and the prospects for additional changes over the coming years that may affect hospice operations, care delivery, and financial viability. A particular emphasis will be placed on federal efforts to oversee hospice utilization, concerns related to hospice patterns of care delivery, and payment model reforms.
As the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS, Mr. Cavanaugh oversees the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. Mr. Cavanaugh was previously the Deputy Director for Programs and Policy in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation where he oversaw the development and testing of new payment and service delivery models, including accountable care organizations and medical homes. His full biography is available here.
Mike Nardone will address conference attendees regarding the outlook on Medicaid home care and hospice policy. Medicaid home care and hospice continues to grow to meet the increasing needs of those of all ages. In recent times, Long Term Services and Supports in Medicaid have been undergoing a significant rebalancing with home care now exceeding institutional care for the first time. Mr. Nardone will present the view from CMS on the new and anticipated Medicaid policies that affect care in the home.
Prior to his position as Director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS, Mr. Nardone was Managing Principal at Health Management Associates. Before that, he served as Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Medicaid program; and Executive Director of the Governor’s Long Term Living Council. Mr. Nardone also previously served as Associate Executive Vice President for Government Relations for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Hospital.
The speeches by Mr. Cavanaugh and Mr. Nardone will be complemented by panel discussion that same day among home care and hospice policy experts. As the future of health is in the community, these sessions will provide a glimpse of that future from both the perspectives of CMS and the provider community.
Make sure to register for the March on Washington Conference here.