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NAHC Report: Issue# 2181, 4/24/2013
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HQRP 2013 Deadlines Have Passed: Next HQRP Data Submission will be April 1, 2014
Two-Thirds of States Integrating Services for Dual Eligibles, According to AARP
For Your Information: The LTPAC Health IT Summit Takes Place June 17–18, 2013
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HQRP 2013 Deadlines Have Passed: Next HQRP Data Submission will be April 1, 2014

There were two deadlines for the two required measures for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Payment Year 2014 cycle: the structural measure deadline was January 31, 2013 and the NQF #0209 deadline was April 1, 2013.

In order to receive the full market basket increase for FY 2014, the requirement is that both measures be submitted, each by their specified deadline.

Reconsideration Process For Providers That Missed Payment Year 2014 HQRP Deadline(s)

For providers that missed either deadline(s) for the Payment Year 2014 cycle, there will be a reconsideration process. This process will be available to all providers who, on initial determination, have been found to be out of compliance and wish to provide evidence that supports their compliance. CMS plans to make information about the reconsideration process available on the Hospice Quality Reporting section of the CMS website in mid-May of 2013.

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The LTPAC Health IT Summit Takes Place June 17–18, 2013

Long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) is healthcare’s fastest-growing sector. The Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit will explore how LTPAC providers can meet the needs of an aging population while advancing policies and initiatives that align with the broader national healthcare strategy.

The conference, sponsored by AHIMA in collaboration with NAHC, convenes HIT leaders, policy makers, federal and state grantees, care provider executives, LTPAC providers, and hospital leadership. The conference offers critical insights into how to increase LTPAC involvement in national health IT programs, including health information exchange (HIE) and future meaningful use stages.

“Technology, including interoperable health information technology, is a key facilitator of better coordinated care,” said Dr. Mark McClellan, Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Reform, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Chair of LeadingAge CAST. “Interoperability and the exchange of health information are playing a major role in healthcare delivery reforms to improve care. Payment reform initiatives including the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, ACOs and Bundled Payments are accelerating the need for effective interoperability and exchange. For these efforts to succeed in improving quality and lowering costs, it is imperative to connect LTPAC providers with hospitals and other acute care partners.”

Further information on the event can be found on the AHIMA website at ahima.org/ltpacsummit.

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Two-Thirds of States Integrating Services for Dual Eligibles, According to AARP

Two-thirds of states are integrating services for dual eligibles, according to a report issued by AARP this month. Thirty-three states currently have plans to better coordinate care for beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid in State Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014. Of the twenty states providing additional information about expected populations in their programs, nineteen plan to include adult duals receiving home and community-based services (HCBS).

Most state initiatives include a wide range of services, including long-term services and support. Additionally, most states – 25 – are opting for risk-based managed care (RBMC) models, while seven are opting for either a managed fee-for-service (MFFS) or primary care case management (PCCM) models, and one is developing an accountable care organization (ACO) model.

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