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NAHC Report: Issue# 2210, 6/5/2013
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CMS Proposes Revisions to Provider Enrollment Requirements
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Medicare Reform
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CMS Proposes Revisions to Provider Enrollment Requirements

In an April 2013 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made known its plans to add new requirements to provider enrollment and expansion of CMS authority to revoke Medicare billing privileges. This NPR also proposes revisions to the Incentive Reward Program by increasing the reward amounts to individuals who report information leading to identification of fraudulent activity.

Incentive Reward Program

As required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), CMS established a program for encouraging the reporting of information about individuals or entities engaging in acts that serve as grounds for the imposition of sanctions or engage in Medicare or Medicaid fraud. In this notice, CMS proposes to increase the potential reward in order to motivate more individuals to review their Medicare Summary Notice and report suspicious activity. Criteria under which CMS will issue rewards, plans to limit rewards to the first individual who provides information, new attestation requirements, and notification of eligibility are addressed.

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NAHC and HHFMA’s Financial Management Conference and Exposition
Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. July 28 – 30, 2013

"If there was ever a year for home care and hospice managers to join us, this is the year,” said Bill Dombi, Executive Director, Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association. “Agencies across the country are faced with looming budget cuts, the possibility of more cost shifting onto beneficiaries, diminishing margins, and increasingly stringent - and often confusing - new regulations. This year's Financial Manager's Conference will help put all of these issues into perspective and give financial managers the skills they need to ensure the continued financial health and growth of their agency. These challenges are offset with great opportunities that we address in our Leadership and Innovations tracks."

With so much at stake, this is the year to attend the Financial Management Conference. A variety of general sessions and drill-down workshops are designed to boost skill sets in financial operations arenas that range from cost controls to revenue enhancement and strategic planning. Benefits include:

  • Direct windows into the methods that have yielded success for industry leaders
  • Deeper understanding of how current and pending legislation impacts your organization
  • Better cost-control, efficiency-building, and budget management techniques
  • Insight into proactive care-planning methods that generate measurable results and outcomes
  • Peer-to-peer networking and interaction opportunities

Register today to secure your opportunity to improve your organization’s bottom line.

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Leadership Council of Aging Organizations Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Medicare Reform

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of 68 prominent national aging advocacy organizations including NAHC, held a series of briefings on Capitol Hill recently entitled, “Medicare Reform: The Seniors’ Perspective.” The briefings provided the Leadership Council the opportunity to educate Capitol Hill staff from both the House of Representatives and the Senate on how some Medicare reform proposals would affect seniors.

The briefings – one held on the House side and one held on the Senate side – were broken down into four sections.

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