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NAHC Report: Issue# 2206, 5/30/2013
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ARTICLE ARCHIVES MEMBER RESOURCES eNEWSLETTERS CARING STORE
NAHC Submits Testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Medicare Reform
HHA Listing Requirements Reissued in Revised Hospital Discharge Planning IGs
For Your Information: VNA Hospice of Philadelphia Hosting a Palliative Care Conference
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NAHC Submits Testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Medicare Reform

Last week the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health held a hearing that focused on several different proposals on ways to reform Medicare – with the key focus being on proposals to modify beneficiary cost-sharing within the Medicare program, including the proposal contained in both the Bowles-Simpson plan as well as President Obama’s budget that would add a home health copay in certain instances.

The hearing, entitled “The President’s and Other Bipartisan Proposals to Reform Medicare” included three witnesses: (1) Joseph Antos, Ph.D., Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute; (2) Alice Rivlin, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings; and (3) Joe Baker, President, Medicare Rights Center. NAHC submitted written testimony for the record, as well as provided a set of questions for Members of Congress to ask during the hearing.

The hearing largely focused on the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget proposal to change the structure of Medicare beneficiary cost sharing – with one of the main areas of discussion being the proposal to add a home care copayment for certain episodes of care.

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VNA Hospice of Philadelphia Hosting a Palliative Care Conference

On Friday, June 7, VNA Hospice of Philadelphia will be hosting an all-day conference entitled, “Palliative Medicine: Where are we now, Where are we going, and How do we get there?”

This unique course will be of interest to physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains who wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the changing and important role of Palliative Medicine in the current and future medical environment, and who wish to gain greater insight into the needs and characteristics of special populations in Palliative Care and improve the effectiveness of their communication in patients with serious illness. This conference offers participants the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge from national and local palliative care experts who will discuss state of the art philosophy of and delivery of palliative care.

Register here to attend.

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HHA Listing Requirements Reissued in Revised Hospital Discharge Planning IGs

On May 17th the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Revision to State Operations Manual (SOM), Hospital Appendix A - Interpretive Guidelines for 42 CFR 482.43, Discharge Planning.

Although the major focus of revisions is to consolidate the prior twenty-four discharge planning tags into thirteen, the guidelines emphasize the importance of appropriate hospital discharge planning to ensure smooth transitions. Additionally, consideration of pre-hospital setting, patient participation on the process, and patient choice are emphasized.

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