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NAHC Report: Issue# 2185, 4/30/2013
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CMS Issues Proposed FY2014 Hospice Wage Index Rule – Net Update of 1.1% Projected
Over Five Hundred Organizations Send Joint Letter to Congress Urging Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board
For Your Information: Farewell from CHAMP (and Deb Bertrand) to the Heroes of Home Care
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CMS Issues Proposed FY2014 Hospice Wage Index Rule – Net Update of 1.1% Projected

Late Monday, April 29, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule “Medicare Program; FY2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Updates on Payment Reform.” While the rule includes no proposed changes for payment reforms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it does outline findings from ongoing analysis and provides options for future consideration. The rule requests comment on proposed changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) and a planned Hospice Experience of Care Survey as part of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys. The proposed rule contains numerous comments. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is in the process of conducting a thorough analysis of the proposed rule and will issue additional reports and findings in future issues of NAHC Report.

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Farewell from CHAMP (and Deb Bertrand) to the Heroes of Home Care

In case you missed the news – due to resource constraints, some CHAMP products will become unavailable next week. We will no longer be able to support CHAMP’s online courses, add new postings to the Community Blog, or distribute the CHAMPNews e-newsletter.

In her final edition of Wednesday Wisdom, CHAMP Facilitator Deb Bertrand shares her thoughts about CHAMP’s successes, and the home care clinicians who made CHAMP possible:

Home care clinicians are among the realm of the unsung heroes in our society. I’ve always said that there’s nothing ‘sexy’ about being a home care nurse. We don’t have crash carts or work in hospitals, which are often the settings for prime time TV shows. Home care nurses and therapists go through their day in solitude, knocking on doors and walking into apartments, shelters, homes that are as neat as a pin and homes that house hoarders. Patients have asked me if I’m a home care nurse because I “flunked out of the hospital.” My response is always… Click here to read all of Deb’s blog post.

PLEASE NOTE: All CHAMP courses will be taken offline at 5pm (EDT) Friday May 31, 2013. This gives you just over five weeks from today to complete any coursework, and print your CE certificate.

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Over Five Hundred Organizations Send Joint Letter to Congress Urging Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) joined with a wide and diverse group of organizations - including all sectors of the health care industry, employers, purchasers of care, consumers and patients - in sending a letter April 25 urging the Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The letter asserts that the IPAB will severely limit Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA (P.L. 111-148)) created IPAB, a board appointed by the President and empowered to make binding recommendations to cut spending in Medicare if its spending growth reaches certain levels.

“IPAB will have unprecedented power with little oversight, even though it has the power to literally change laws previously enacted by Congress,” says the letter. “Further, the law specifically prohibits administrative or judicial review of the Secretary’s implementation of a recommendation contained in an IPAB proposal.”

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