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NAHC Report: Issue# 2168, 4/5/2013
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The National Council on Medicaid Home Care Welcomes Policy Director and Director of the Medicaid Resource Center
MedPAC Discusses Hospice Policy and Payment Options – Advances “Initial Step” on Hospice Payment Reform, Other Ideas
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The National Council on Medicaid Home Care Welcomes Policy Director and Director of the Medicaid Resource Center

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is pleased to announce the arrival of two new staff members working with its affiliate, The National Council on Medicaid Home Care. Steve Postal, JD takes on the responsibilities of developing and managing the Medicaid Home Care Resource Center. Michelle Martin, JD is the Policy Director of the Council.

NAHC President, Val J. Halamandaris welcomed the new members of the home care team stating that, “Medicaid home care is a vital service to our nations most vulnerable citizens of all ages. The addition of two new staff on the National Council on Medicaid Home Care will allow us to accelerate or advocacy in this crucial part of home care.” The Council’s Executive Director, Bill Dombi, added, “Michelle and Steve bring skill, passion, and dedication to home care advocacy. We are very fortunate to have them aboard.”

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Some CHAMP Products Will Become Unavailable Shortly

Please note that CHAMP is coming to the end of the funded project period, and – due to resource constraints – some CHAMP products will become unavailable shortly.

Specifically, CHAMP will no longer be able to support the online courses that confer continuing education (CE) hours, or add new postings to the Community Blog. The CHAMPNews e-newsletter will continue until April 25, 2013.

Going forward, many of CHAMP’s evidence-based tools and resources will remain available and free of charge on our web site at least through the end of 2013.

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MedPAC Discusses Hospice Policy and Payment Options – Advances “Initial Step” on Hospice Payment Reform, Other Ideas

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met on Thursday, April 4, to discuss a variety of issues affecting Medicare. The meeting included a lengthy session on Medicare hospice policy issues, and was the first time in many months that MedPAC staff addressed hospice payment issues in-depth - including reform of the payment system and payment for services to hospice patients in nursing facilities. The panel also discussed findings and concerns related to live discharges.

A transcript of the session is usually available within five days of the meeting being held.

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Director of Compliance
Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation
Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation seeks a Director of Compliance for its Franklin, TN, headquarters’ Corporate Compliance (Home Care Division) team. The Director of Compliance is a liaison to an assigned group of home health and hospice agencies.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Ensure full implementation of the CHS Corporate Compliance Program at each agency assigned to the Director. Develop training and education programs for regulatory changes and topics identified as potential risk areas. Structure tools for use with compiling data and trend analysis. Assess auditing and monitoring trends and coordinate mitigation activities when opportunities for improvement (audit variances) are identified. Prepare oral and written reports, including recommendations for improvement based on audit and investigative findings. Monitor Compliance Committee minutes to ensure adequate follow-up of potential risk areas. Maintain an awareness of current laws, statutes, regulations, etc. that impact healthcare operations and physician relationships. Conduct focused compliance audits on topics of concern. Coordinate compliance policy development and/or revision, when necessary. Participate in compliance and privacy investigations. Other duties as assigned by the VP, Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer. This position will require travel up to 40% of the time.
Education/Experience: The Director must have current experience working within the Home Health and Hospice industry and should be familiar with reimbursement methodologies and regulations pertaining to benefit coverage. Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management, Nursing, Business, or related area, or three or more years’ experience in compliance functions. The Director must have the ability to plan, develop, and present educational or programmatic materials in front of an audience greater than 20 people.
To apply for this job, please visit the career section of www.chs.net and apply to Job Number 1254993.

For information about placing an ad, contact Soott Baum at ads@nahc.org.

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