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NAHC Report: Issue# 2216, 6/13/2013
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Senators Thune and Klobuchar Circulate Dear Colleague Letter Urging Support of the FITT Act
Virginia Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CMS
For Your Information: William A. Dombi Discusses the Importance of the Upcoming Financial Management Conference and Exposition
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Senators Thune and Klobuchar Circulate Dear Colleague Letter Urging Support of the FITT Act

Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), recently circulated a Dear Colleague letter asking their colleagues to support the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act, S. 596. Senators Thune and Klobuchar are the FITT Act’s lead sponsors.

In their letter, Senators Thune and Klobuchar state that:

“Remote monitoring, a form of telehealth, uses non-invasive sensors to monitor the health and well-being of seniors in their home and can prevent the premature or unnecessary placements in more expensive types of long term care facilities…This bipartisan, budget neutral legislation would establish a pilot program under the Medicare program to provide incentives for home health agencies to utilize remote monitoring technology. We believe that using this type of technology in the home would reduce the number of visits by home health aides and allow individuals to remain in their homes longer while still providing quality care.”

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William A. Dombi Discusses the Importance of the Upcoming 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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Virginia Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CMS
Becomes Sixth State to Adopt Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles Initiative

On May 21, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Medical Assistance Services of the Commonwealth of Virginia (DMAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) in Virginia (the Demonstration). Virginia is now the sixth state to implement the MMAI, after Massachusetts, Washington, Ohio, Illinois, and California.

Eighteen other states have active proposals submitted to CMS. The MMAI is a joint federal and state project which seeks to improve care and reduce costs associated with beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, or “dual eligibles.”

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