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NAHC Report: Issue# 2175, 4/16/2013
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President’s Budget Proposes Bundled Medicare Payment to Post-Acute Care Providers
Arkansas House Passes Premium Assistance Alternative to Medicaid Expansion Previously Endorsed by CMS
For Your Information: NAHC – DecisionHealth Launch National Survey of Home Health Industry Readiness
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President’s Budget Proposes Bundled Medicare Payment to Post-Acute Care Providers

In his proposed budget released last week (see NAHC Report, April 11, 2013), the President included a proposal to implement bundled payments beginning in 2018 for post-acute care providers - including long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and home health providers. Under the proposal, payments would be bundled for at least half of the total payments for post-acute care providers. Rates, based on patient characteristics and other factors, would be set to produce a permanent and total cumulative adjustment of -2.85 percent by 2020. The Administration estimates this proposal would save $8.2 billion over 10 years. Beneficiary copayments, where applicable under current law, would still apply.

NAHC, in its Legislative Blueprint for Action, has opposed the bundling of home health payments with payments to other providers because it could cause a major disruption to the health care industry, would be anti-competitive, would increase the federal regulatory burden, and would erect a new and unnecessary barrier to beneficiaries’ access to quality care.

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NAHC – DecisionHealth Launch National Survey of Home Health Industry Readiness

With the ICD-10 effective date a mere 18 months out, CMS has urged that provider planning and preparation should be well underway. To assess industry readiness, and therefore appropriate aid and lobby for your specific concerns, DecisionHealth and the National Association of Home Care & Hospice today launch the National Home Health ICD-10 Readiness Study.

You are urged to participate in what we aim to be the largest study of ICD-10 preparedness specifically targeting home care provider types.

This study has two phases: The first, to in identify current readiness, reporting baseline results at DecisionHealth’s ICD-10 Impact conference in June. The second, to benchmark progress on ICD-10 transitioning with a follow-up study to be conducted this fall.

A detailed report of results will be shared for free with all who participate in the survey.

Tell us where you stand on the road to ICD-10, and we’ll make sure the industry as a whole knows what to expect next October, based on where everyone is now.

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Arkansas House Passes Premium Assistance Alternative to Medicaid Expansion Previously Endorsed by CMS

On April 16, the Arkansas House passed a bill incorporating premium assistance as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. This follows a Q & A released March 29, in which Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) stated that it would consider Arkansas’ and other states plans to expand Medicaid via premium assistance. Therefore, CMS will give federal matching funds to states that expand health insurance coverage to 133% of the federal poverty level via premium assistance, so long as the premium assistance demonstrates cost effectiveness and other stipulations. Premium assistance refers to when a state uses Medicaid funds to pay for private insurance premiums for adults and children otherwise eligible under Medicaid.

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