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NAHC Report: Issue# 2161, 3/26/2013
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Senators Thune and Klobuchar Re-introduce Home Health Patient Monitoring Bill
Hospice Quality Reporting Program: NQF #0209 Deadline April 1
For Your Information: Nurse Recognition Program Seeking 2013 Nominations - Deadline Extended: April 8, 2013!
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Senators Thune and Klobuchar Re-introduce Home Health Patient Monitoring Bill

During the National Association for Home Care and Hospice’s annual March on Washington, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) re-introduced legislation to expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital re-admissions in rural and underserved communities across the country. The bipartisan Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act - S. 596 - would create pilot programs to provide incentives for home health agencies to use remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology to better monitor Medicare beneficiaries, improve health outcomes, and reduce Medicare expenditures. The FITT Act is designed to be budget-neutral, and must demonstrate cost-savings in Medicare. Specifically, the FITT Act would:

  • Create pilot programs to provide incentives for home health agencies to use home monitoring technologies and services to enhance health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries and reduce Medicare expenditures
  • Establish project sites in both urban and rural areas

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Nurse Recognition Program Seeking 2013 Nominations
Deadline Extended: April 8, 2013!

HHNA is currently accepting nominations to honor and recognize home care and hospice nurses from across the country. Agencies may nominate any registered nurse to represent their state for 2013. Nominations will be reviewed by the Nurse Recognition Program Selection Committee and one nurse will be recognized from each state.

To see examples of stories from previous issues of CARING, you can click here. To fill out the online nomination form click here. The deadline for submission has been extended to April 8, 2013.
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Hospice Quality Reporting Program: NQF #0209 Deadline April 1
Deadline quickly approaching to avoid 2 percentage point reduction to APU for FY 2014 To comply with the Payment Year 2014 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements, providers should currently be entering their NQF #0209 data on the data entry and submission website. Providers that have not already created a data entry account should do so now.

The deadline for reporting NQF #0209 data for Payment Year 2014 - beginning October 1, 2013 - is April 1, 2013. In order to avoid a 2 percentage point reduction in the Annual Payment Update (APU), providers must have submitted their structural measure data by January 31, 2013 and must submit their NQF #0209 data by April 1. Providers that may have missed the structural measure deadline can still visit the data entry website, create an account, and enter their NQF #0209 data. The link to the data entry site, along with a Technical User Guide giving step-by-step instructions on the data entry process, can be found on the Data Submission portion of the CMS HQRP website.

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