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NAHC Report: Issue# 2193, 5/10/2013
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Open Door Forum: Heavy Focus on Proposed Hospice Changes
NAHC President Updates the Board on The Status of the House & Senate Budget Negotiations
For Your Information: Voting Begins for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
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Open Door Forum: Heavy Focus on Proposed Hospice Changes

On May 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS Open Door Forum, during which the following issues in hospice and home health care were discussed:

Hospice Quality Reporting Program

The deadlines for 2013 submission of quality measures collected during the fourth quarter of 2012 - the hospice Structural Measure and NQF0209 Pain Measure - have now passed. Providers that failed to meet either the Structural Measure or Pain Measure deadlines - January 31 and April 1, 2013, respectively - may be subject to a 2 percent reduction off their FY2014 market basket increase.

Hospices should have continued to collect data related to the Pain Measure for 2014 submission. There will be a single deadline - April 1, 2014 - for reporting of the Structural and Pain Measures collected during 2013. Failure to report CY2013 data by deadline will affect the FY2015 payment cycle resulting in 2 percent reduction in market basket. Relative to the Structural Measure, hospices will no longer be required to submit the checklist of measures they use as part of their QAPI programs effective with the April 2014 reporting. Hospices will only be required to answer the questions related to their QAPI measures.

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Voting Begins for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Voting is now underway for Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program. Of the nearly 28,000 nominations submitted, the publication’s editors selected the top 300 names for the final ballot. Included on the final ballot is NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Voting is open now until June 14, and people can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50% of the outcome; the other 50% will be based on the expert opinions of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare.

The combination of readers' votes and the editors' choices will determine the final ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, which will be published in the Aug. 26 issue.

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NAHC President Updates the Board on The Status of the House & Senate Budget Negotiations

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recently sent the following update to NAHC’s Board on the current status of House and Senate budget negotiations. Both the House and the Senate have passed competing budget proposals. The next step in the process is for both Chambers to appoint members to a Conference Committee where the differences of the two budgets can be negotiated.

The Senate passed a budget proposal for the first time in four years just before Easter. The House also passed their far more draconian version of the 2014 budget earlier this year.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has urged the House to appoint their conferees and bring the groups together to work out differences. The House Budget Committee, Chaired by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), after goading the Senate to act for years, has refused to participate in the process and is withholding the appointment of conferees. This means that the chances of an agreement between Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate are growing increasingly less likely.

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