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NAHC Report: Issue# 2176, 4/17/2013
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PECOS Tips as Edits Draw Near
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations Releases a Fact Sheet Showing Widespread Opposition to Medicare Cuts
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PECOS Tips as Edits Draw Near

May 1, 2013 is the date for activation of the Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) edits that will result in denial of home health claims if the ordering physician is not enrolled in PECOS or officially opted-out of Medicare. In order to protect against non-payment by Medicare, home health agencies must verify enrollment of all ordering physicians.

Beneficiary Notification

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not issued final guidance about beneficiary notices and liability. However, home health agencies should begin to notify both physicians who are not enrolled in PECOS and their patients who will be affected by nonpayment by Medicare as a result of the activation of edits. For beneficiaries who are unable to identify a PECOS-enrolled physician to assume ordering responsibilities for episodes of care beginning on and after May 1, discharge planning should begin immediately in accord with State regulations and agency policy.

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NAHC’s Financial Management Conference and Exposition!
Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. July 28 – 30, 2013

NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition is the premier source for strengthening your home care or hospice agency’s bottom line. A variety of general sessions and drill-down workshops are designed to boost skill sets in financial operations arenas that range from cost controls to revenue enhancement and strategic planning. Once again, we’re expecting a full house for this unique and valuable conference.

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Leadership Council of Aging Organizations Releases a Fact Sheet Showing Widespread Opposition to Medicare Cuts

Earlier this month, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations released a fact sheet demonstrating widespread, bipartisan opposition to cutting Medicare – regardless of if the purpose of such cuts was reduce the budget deficit or to cut government spending. The Fact Sheet, which shows vast support for the government healthcare program, compiles polling data dating back to August of 2012 to show that support for Medicare remains consistent and strong.

Support for Medicare crosses partisan boundaries as well. An AARP study from November 7-8, 2012 found that 70 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats found it “very important” that benefits are not reduced for current Medicare beneficiaries.

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