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NAHC Report: Issue# 2215, 6/12/2013
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NAHC, Home Care Providers Provide Members of Congress with Telehealth Demonstrations


The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), and its affiliate the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently worked with several home care providers to demonstrate to Members of Congress the value, promise and potential that telehealth holds for those who need home healthcare.

Representatives from NAHC and HCTAA were joined by Pat Laff, Managing Principal at Laff Associates in Hilton Head, SC; and Anna Doyle, RN, Patient Advocate & Telehealth Specialist with THA Group in Savannah, GA. The group provided comprehensive telehealth demonstrations to several members of the Georgia and South Carolina Congressional delegations. The meetings were set up, and the technology was brought, by representatives from THA Group.

“The opportunity to demonstrate innovative uses of remote patient monitoring and the role of the telehealth nurse in the delivery of home care to Members of Congress has tremendous value,” said Richard D. Brennan, Jr., MA, Executive Director of HCTAA. “Home care providers need to take every opportunity to educate their Members of Congress on the efficiencies and cost savings obtained from technology adoption and also implore Congress to reimburse home health care providers for the use of technology in Medicare.”

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NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Emphasizes the Importance of this Year’s Annual Meeting

Last week, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris released a video giving NAHC members an update on federal legislative activity that affects the home health and hospice community. In the video, Mr. Halamandaris also stressed the importance of all NAHC members to participate in this year’s Annual Meeting held October 31 – November 3 in Washington, DC.

“Congress will be wrestling with whether to raise the debt ceiling or not [at a time that] coincides with the NAHC Annual Meeting which will be here in Washington. That’s why its crucially important that everybody get on a plan and fly to DC to be part of that Annual Meeting…[Major issues affecting the future of Medicare are] going to be resolved by foot traffic, people marching on The Hill…We need to get the message across that Medicare has been cut enough and a copay will ruin the existing Medicare home care benefit…Come and help make that happen. Thank you.”

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CMS Posts Home Health Cost Report Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted home health cost report changes online. The changes modify the instructions and existing worksheets to reflect a series of refinements that address sequestration and matters related to Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). It is expected that CMS will release further cost report changes affecting home health agency-based hospice soon, as well. Stay tuned to NAHC Report for updates as they occur.

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