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NAHC Report: Issue# 2170, 4/9/2013
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Home Health Code Update: Modifier Code Rescinded, Place of Service Clarified
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Senior Groups Submit Testimony Opposing Home Health and Hospice Copays

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a coalition of national organizations representing over 60 million older Americans, recently submitted written testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health opposing the imposition of Medicare home health and hospice copayments. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is a member of the LCAO.

The testimony was provided in connection with a Subcommittee hearing on proposals to redesign the Medicare benefit structure, including the Simpson-Bowles Commission plan that would combine Parts A and B and impose a uniform coinsurance rate of 20 percent on all Medicare services. The LCAO strongly opposes this uniform copay proposal because it would, in effect, require beneficiaries to pay an average copayment of $600 to access a 60 day episode of home health care. For hospice, beneficiaries would pay an estimated $2,000 for a typical stay on hospice.

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ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Home Health
June 6-7, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

CMS has released its ICD-10 implementation timeline for small and medium-sized healthcare providers – and experts say most agencies are behind the curve in implementation preparedness.

At the ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Home Health conference, DecisionHealth, NAHC, CMS, and major home health software vendors will help you structure a detailed transition plan appropriate for your agency. Attend the only ICD-10 implementation training specifically designed with the budgets, resources and needs of home health agencies in mind. Attend the conference and you will walk away prepared to handle:

  • Payment impacts of case mix diagnoses like diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure affected by ICD-10 documentation changes
  • Workflow and form changes, including how OASIS and plan of care documentation must be changed
  • Budgeting for the ICD-10 transition and how to reasonably calculate the dollars you'll need
  • Needed software system upgrades and why you can't leave it to your vendors
  • Coding department workflow re-engineering and skill improvements

NAHC members save $100 off the registration price and receive a FREE copy of ICD-10 Implications for Home Health – DecisionHealth’s top-selling manual that explains ICD-10’s likely impact on an agency’s daily operations – by registering before May 1, 2013. Register now!

Ensure your operations, staff and procedures are ready for the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline. For complete details, view the full agenda, or visit

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CMS to Pilot Test Family Experience of Care Survey - Requests Comment on Data Collection Burden and Other Issues

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a hospice experience of care survey to be field-tested in 2013. The survey will include 730 bereaved family members or close friends of hospice patients who died while in hospice care at home, in nursing homes, or in inpatient settings, including acute care hospitals and freestanding hospice inpatient units.

Field-test findings will be used to refine survey content and implementation procedures in advance of CMS’ planned national implementation of a hospice survey. Responses to this national survey could ultimately be used for public reporting of hospice quality performance.

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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.
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