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NAHC Report: Issue# 2162, 3/27/2013
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CMS to Pay Physicians for Services Related to Care Transitions
Nurse Recognition Program Deadline Extended to April 8, 2013
For Your Information: CHAMP’s New Online Geriatric Care Transitions Toolkit Helps Prevent Rehospitalization and Then Some
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CMS to Pay Physicians for Services Related to Care Transitions

The 2013 physician fee schedule rate update rule includes a new policy to pay a patient’s physician or practitioner to coordinate the patient’s care in the 30 days following a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF) stay. CMS believes recognizing the work of community physicians and practitioners in treating a patient following discharge from a hospital or nursing facility will ensure better continuity of care for these patients and help reduce patient readmissions.

The rule added two new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes - 99495 and 99496 - for transition care management (TCM). These codes allow physicians and non-physician practitioners to bill for non-face-to-face services provided by the physician or practitioner and their clinical staff during the thirty days following discharge from a hospital or SNF.

These services are for a patient whose medical and/or psychosocial problems require moderate or high complexity medical decision making during transitions in care from an inpatient hospital setting - including acute hospital, rehabilitation hospital, long-term acute care hospital, partial hospital, observation status in a hospital, or SNF/nursing facility - to the patient’s community setting consisting of home, domiciliary, rest home, or assisted living facility.

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CHAMP’s New Online Geriatric Care Transitions Toolkit Helps Prevent Rehospitalization and Then Some

Did you know that nearly 20% of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 30 days of discharge? CHAMP is proud to announce the launch of a new online Toolkit that can help prevent rehospitaization and more!

The Geriatric Care Transitions Toolkit provides easy access to free-to-use, evidence-based tools that help facilitate safe and effective care transitions for older adults to and from home healthcare. The Toolkit includes:

  • Proven interventions
  • Tools for assessment, evaluation and screening
  • Staff education tools
  • Tools to help you educate your patients and their caregivers

Other CHAMP Toolkits that are available include: Geriatric Medication Management Toolkit and the Geriatric Falls Prevention Toolkit

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Nurse Recognition Program Deadline Extended to April 8, 2013
Nurse of Year Receives Free Trip to NAHC Annual Meeting & Apple iPad

NAHC has extended the deadline to submit nominations to the Nurse Recognition Program to Monday, April 8, 2013. Each of the 50 state winners will receive a free registration to the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC, and will be featured in the May issue of Caring.

At the recent March on Washington | Private Duty Home Care Conference & Exposition Senate Breakfast on Tuesday, March 19, more than half a dozen senators praised the work and care of home care and hospice nurses saying that it is, “the work that you do every day” that is the reason why home care has such broad, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

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