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NAHC Report: Issue# 2213, 6/10/2013
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AARP Encourages its Members to Speak Out Against Medicare Home Health Copays
The Importance of Attending NAHC’s Financial Management Conference and Exposition and Annual Meeting this Year
For Your Information: NAHC and DecisionHealth Release ICD-10 Readiness Study
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AARP Encourages its Members to Speak Out Against Medicare Home Health Copays

The AARP recently encouraged its members to “speak up now about the future of Medicare” by writing their elected officials in opposition to the reintroduction of copayments for home health care to Medicare, as well as other initiatives that the 37 million-member strong organization sees as harmful to the future of Medicare.

“It's important for NAHC members to remember that even though we face many challenges, we are not in this fight alone,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “The AARP is also encouraging their members to take action to preserve Medicare and oppose the reintroduction of home health copays."

Aside from its opposition to the home health copayment, the AARP also encourages negotiating lower drug prices and improved coordination of care for Medicare beneficiaries. The National Association of Home Care & Hospice also supports all of these proposals, and is encouraged to see other organizations joining the fight to oppose the reintroduction of home health copayments to Medicare.

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NAHC and DecisionHealth Release ICD-10 Readiness Study

NAHC and DecisionHealth joined together for last week’s ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Home Health event in Chicago, IL.

During the conference, results from the ICD-10 Readiness Study for Home Health were released.

According to the study’s Executive Summary, “Our results from nearly 300 separate home health agencies suggest that most agencies are behind in their planning, confused about how to prepare financially, and lack urgency because they underestimate both the scope of the transition and the severity of the impact to cash flow in 2014.”

To view a copy of the study, please click here.

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The Importance of Attending NAHC’s Financial Management Conference and Exposition and Annual Meeting this Year

“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.”

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