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NAHC Seeking Clarification on Sequester Reimbursement Rates from CMS
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NAHC Seeking Clarification on Sequester Reimbursement Rates from CMS

On Friday, March 8, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a listserv bulletin purportedly setting out the process for implementing sequestration with respect to Medicare claims. Unfortunately, the information published fails to answer some of the basic questions that the home health and hospice communities have posed over the last several weeks. As a follow-up to the bulletin, NAHC contacted CMS officials in hopes of getting the necessary clarification on how sequestration will operate with respect to home health services and hospice care.

The CMS message states that, “Medicare FFS [fee-for-service] claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013, will incur a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payment. (emphasis added). Claims for durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies, including claims under the DME Competitive Bidding Program, will be reduced by 2 percent based upon whether the date-of-service, or the start date for rental equipment or multi-day supplies, is on or after April 1, 2013. The claims payment adjustment shall be applied to all claims after determining coinsurance, any applicable deductible, and any applicable Medicare Secondary Payment adjustments.”

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March on Washington Educational Session Spotlight: Session 203 – CMS Medicaid Panel

Join William A. Dombi and a panel of nationally-renowned experts at this year’s March on Washington as they cover a number of Medicaid home care topics including Managed Long Term Care Services and Supports, dual eligible demo programs, program integrity, HCBS waivers, Medicaid face-to-face physician encounter rulemaking, and Community First Choice Option benefit.

The Session Faculty Consists of:

  • Lu Zawistowich, PattonBoggs, Washington, DC (former MACPAC Executive Director)
  • Kathleen Nolan, Director of State Policy and Programs, National Association of Medicaid Directors, Washington, DC
  • Leonardo Cuello, Esq., Director, Health Reform, National Health Law Program
Mr. Dombi emphasized how important it is for NAHC members to participate in the March on Washington this year stating that, “ This year is a crucial year for any health care provider. Medicare is on the table in discussions between the White House and Congress with hundreds of billions in cuts already proposed. A revolution is underway with Medicaid as states continue a shift to managed care for home care services. The time is now to get engaged. The risks are too high to stay quiet while other health care sectors are flooding Washington with their views.

Register Today! Single day registrations are available as well!

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Important Message from NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris: NAHC Celebrates 31st Birthday and New Website is Live

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) celebrated its 31st birthday on March 10. To mark the occasion, NAHC’s new website is live today!

We have redesigned our website to provide our members with cutting-edge information to serve their patients. In order to offer the best possible user experience, navigation, and visual design to our members and other consumers, we enlisted, the top website developer and designer. has over 17 years’ experience working with clients that range from the White House and federal government to small companies, health care organizations, and associations. With input from, we can provide new advantages when you visit us online.

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Product Owner
Delta Health Technologies
Delta Health Technologies is currently looking for a Product Owner to act as a catalyst in sparking innovation. Candidates need to bring leadership to the Care-At-Home industry by assisting in the vision, design, and implementation of a revolutionary software platform. Candidates with a working knowledge in the Home Health and/or Hospice industry must be able to: Be responsible for development for specific product(s) to establish, enhance or distinguish product placement within the competitive arena, participate in market research, competitive analysis, and customer needs, and use effective communication skills to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization, as well as internal and external customers. Individuals must also be able to convey the business vision and goals associated with product features clearly to the project team in order to ensure that delivery is focused on business value. The position requires developing and maintaining detailed user stories in a prioritized product backlog which accurately reflects customer and business priorities to develop new products or enhance existing product(s) and creating use case diagrams, conceptual wire frames, and functional flow diagrams to ensure teams understand the requirement consistent with Scrum development techniques. Qualified candidates may apply at

Executive Director
Not-for-profit home care agency
Seeking strong leader to head well-established not-for-profit home care agency with staff of 400 home health aides, nurses, social workers and support staff in northern NJ. Must be strong advocate for community-based care, with knowledgeable of managed care and the Affordable Care Act. Responsibilities include: the management and operations of the office, including budgeting, fiscal management, operations, recruitment, marketing and business development. Requirements include: a minimum of a BA with MS in Public Administration, Health Administration or Business Administration preferred; a minimum of 10 years of supervisory or management experience in the healthcare industry, with home care management experience strongly preferred; a record of goal achievement; strong interpersonal, recruiting and employee relations skills; the ability to organize, manage, market and grow an office; effective communication skills; and the vision to manage and grow the agency during changing and challenging times. Comprehensive salary and benefits package offered, with salary commensurate with experience. To apply for immediate consideration, send your resume to



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