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NAHC Report: Issue# 2153, 3/13/2013
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An Update on Sequester Reimbursment Rates from CMS
HIPAA Final Rule and the Effect on Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
For Your Information: NAHC’s forthcoming March on Washington will include several sessions of interest to hospice providers.
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An Update on Sequester Reimbursment Rates from CMS

NAHC has received further clarification from CMS regarding sequester reimbursement rates. As a follow-up to the NAHC Report article from earlier in the week on this topic, please review the following information, which CMS recently provided:

The sequestration that takes effect on April 1, 2013 will be implemented as follows:

Home Health Services: The 2% payment reduction will be applied to episodes with end dates of April 1 and later.

Hospice: The claim “through date” which is generally meaning that with calendar month billing, services beginning April 1, 2013.

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NAHC’s forthcoming March on Washington will include several sessions of interest to hospice providers.
And it’s not too late to plan to attend!

Of particular note is Educational Session 202: “Answers from the Experts: Panel on the Medicare Hospice Program” scheduled for Monday, March 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Among the presenters will be Katherine Lucas, PhD, of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as Michael Plotzke, Alyssa Pozniak, and Brant Morefield, all of Abt Associates. For several months Abt has been conducting detailed data analysis as part of its contract with CMS to develop the new hospice payment system that was mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Representatives from Abt are expected to present some of the findings from their analysis as part of this session.

Other hospice-related sessions include a “Hospice Policy Update” with NAHC’s Theresa Forster and Katie Wehri which will provide a detailed overview of regulatory, legislative and other policy developments in hospice over recent months and “Home Care and Hospice Program Integrity: Surveying the Landscape” with NAHC’s Bill Dombi.

Register today to join your peers next week for NAHC’s March on Washington | Private Duty Conference.

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HIPAA Final Rule and the Effect on Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
Part Three of a NAHC Report Series

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued the long awaited HIPAA final rule which is entitled: Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules; Final Rule. This is the third in the series of articles in NAHC Report on the additions and changes to HIPAA requirements. This article addresses uses and disclosures of protected health information and notices of privacy practices related to protected health information.

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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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