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NAHC Report: Issue# 2177, 4/18/2013
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Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Comparison of Medicare Provisions in Competing Budget Proposals
FITT Bill Gets Two More Cosponsors
For Your Information: 2013 National State of the Industry Study – Phase Two Registration Opens
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Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Comparison of Medicare Provisions in Competing Budget Proposals

With so many different Medicare proposals being offered within competing budget packages, it can be difficult to keep all the different measures straight. In particular, there is the House Budget – also known as the Ryan Budget, the Senate Budget – also known as the Murray Budget, President Obama’s budget and the recommendation’s of the Simpson-Bowles Commission that were originally released in 2010.

While each of these budgets gives particular attention to Medicare, what exactly each document suggests with respect to the program differs. The House and Senate budgets each passed through their respective chambers almost entirely along partisan lines – with Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing the Senate budget and Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing the House budget for the most part.

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2013 National State of the Industry Study – Phase Two Registration Opens

As interviews of industry leaders continue, NAHC urges its members who have yet done so to sign-up. Please register and take part in this important national study. The State of the Industry Study will address current practices and future strategies in the areas of IS/EHR, telehealth, new health care models and operations.

The interview will last less than twenty minutes. Participating agencies will be among the first to receive in-depth reports plus strategic recommendations from the findings. The results will also include insights into what practices the top agency, those with the best financial and quality outcomes, are using and planning.

Researchers at Fazzi Associates, the firm responsible for managing the study and reports, estimate that 1,000 industry leaders will be interviewed. If you did not register during the pre-study period, you have an opportunity to do so now.

Go to to register.

The Study is sponsored by NAHC, CHAP, The Joint Commission, the Forum of State Associations, Delta Health Technologies, HealthWyse and Fazzi Associates. Results are expected to be released in late May or early June of this year. A major presentation on findings will be presented at NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition, October 31 – November 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.

To participate in the study interviews, your agency must meet the following three criteria:

  • Medicare certified
  • Medicare revenues of $500,000 or higher
  • Home Health Compare scores for two or more reporting periods
Please click here to register.
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FITT Bill Gets Two More Cosponsors

The bipartisan Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act - S. 596 – which was introduced by Senators Thune (R-SD) and Klobuchar (D-MN) last month now has two additional cosponsors.

Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Al Franken (D-MN) are now also supporting the bill. The legislation would expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital re-admissions in rural and underserved communities across the country.

The FITT Act is designed to be budget-neutral, and must demonstrate cost-savings in Medicare. Specifically, the FITT Act would:

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