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NAHC Report: Issue# 2217, 6/14/2013
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Told Your Hospice Didn’t Meet HQRP Reporting Requirements? How to Request Reconsideration
California House Democrats Sign Letter Criticizing Dual Eligible Initiative
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Told Your Hospice Didn’t Meet HQRP Reporting Requirements? How to Request Reconsideration

In order to comply with Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements that affect the annual payment update (APU) for fiscal year (FY) 2014, hospice providers with a valid Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Certification Number (CCN) as of October 1, 2012 are required to submit data for the structural measure by January 31, 2013. Data for the NQF #0209 Pain Measure must be submitted by April 1, 2013.

Providers that were required to submit data but missed either deadline may be found non-compliant and subject to a 2 percentage point reduction in their APU for 2014.

In June 2013, CMS began notifying, by way of the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), hospices that failed to meet the HQRP requirements. Providers who receive notification of non-compliance will have the opportunity to submit reconsideration requests prior to any reduction in payment.

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Today is the Last Day to Vote for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

This is the last day to vote for your choices for Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program.

Of the nearly 28,000 nominations submitted, the publication’s editors selected the top 300 names for the final ballot. Included on the final ballot is NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Voting closes today. People can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50 percent of the outcome; the other 50 percent will be based on the expert opinions of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare.

The combination of readers' votes and the editors' choices will determine the final ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, which will be published in the August 26 issue.

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California House Democrats Sign Letter Criticizing Dual Eligible Initiative

On June 4, fourteen House Democrats from California wrote a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), criticizing the state’s recently approved Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CMS to coordinate care for dual eligibles (the Demonstration). The effort was led by Rep. Linda Sanchez, and co-signed by House Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry A. Waxman. Primarily, the letter’s arguments involved issues of the Demonstration’s timeframe and scope, network adequacy and readiness, and savings rate calculations. The Demonstration has been delayed several times, and is currently set to start by January 2014 at the earliest.

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