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NAHC Report: Issue# 2209, 6/4/2013
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Medicare Trustees Release Annual Report on the Financial Health of the Program
CMS Issues ICD-9 to ICD-10 Transition Claims Instructions
For Your Information: The Home Health Quality Improvement Campaign (HHQI) is sponsoring a free webinar focused on Underserved Populations: Compulsive Hoarding for Care Manager
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Medicare Trustees Release Annual Report on the Financial Health of the Program

The Medicare Board of Trustees, officially known as, “The Boards of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds,” issued their 2013 annual report last week. The 280-page report outlined the health of Medicare’s Part A, B and D programs – and indicated that total expenditures for home health care in 2012 was $18.6 billion for Parts A and B combined.

The Trustee’s report noted some positive trends, specifically stating that, “the estimated depletion date for the trust fund is 2026, two years later than was shown in last year’s report.” It is believed that the additional two years of solvency for the Medicare Trust fund will take some of the immediate pressure off of recent calls to overhaul or reform the program in order to extend its solvency.

The report stated that home health expenditures have declined for two years in a row, despite serving an older and more vulnerable population. The report projects home health expenditures to grow more slowly over the next ten years than many other sectors of Medicare, helping to rebut claims by some that home health spending is out of control.

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The Home Health Quality Improvement Campaign (HHQI) is sponsoring a free webinar focused on Underserved Populations: Compulsive Hoarding for Care Manager
June 12, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Compulsive hoarding is a nation-wide problem that has been exposed over the last few years through reality television. Home Health providers have been trying to address the safety and well-being issues for patients encountered over the years without understanding the underlying disease and how to integrate home health services and interventions to assist in patient treatment and safety.

Join us to learn more about Compulsive Hoarding, including:

  • Levels
  • Clinical presentation and physiology
  • Treatment and interventions
  • Home Health role including therapy interventions

Audience: Any healthcare professional, especially nurses, therapists, social workers, mental health nurses, and clinical managers.

Speakers: Dr. Patricia Tomsko Nay, MD, CMD, CHCQM, FAAFP, FAIHQ, FAAHPM, Celtic Healthcare Medical Director Tonya Miller, PT, DPT, COS-C, Celtic Healthcare Eastern Regional VP and VP for Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association

Free Social Worker contact hours (NASW approved – 2.0 hours) provided by Celtic Healthcare.

Registration is required for this Webinar and seating is limited. Register today.

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CMS Issues ICD-9 to ICD-10 Transition Claims Instructions

Even though the transition to ICD-10 is not until October 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released instructions/guidance regarding the transition.

As additional information is released it will be provided in NAHC publications.

A special MedLearn Matters article addressing the transition was recently released. The article, SE1325, provides the following information for home health and hospice providers:

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