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NAHC Report: Issue# 2220, 6/19/2013
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NAHC Submits Testimony to Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Post-Acute Care
Hospice Change Guide – Comment on CMS’ Proposed Rule on Cost Report Changes
For Your Information: NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Urges Members to Attend this Year’s Annual Meeting
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NAHC Submits Testimony to Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Post-Acute Care
Home Health One of the Main Areas of Focus

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health last week held the fourth in a series of hearings devoted to “bipartisan proposals to reform Medicare and Social Security,” according to the Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The hearing was particularly important to the home care community as its focus was post-acute care payments. The hearing’s witnesses were Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center of Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and; Mark Miller, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted testimony for inclusion in the hearing’s official record. In its testimony, submitted by NAHC Board Chair Andrea Devoti, NAHC emphasized that:

“Many studies have found that home health care can prevent expensive hospitalizations and nursing home stays while providing cost effective care in the home setting that people prefer… We have grave concerns about the impact of further cuts to home health care payments on access to care and want to ensure that efforts to bundle payments to post-acute care providers recognize the central role that home health should play.”

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NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Urges Members to Attend 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.”

To register for this year’s Annual Meeting, please click here.
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Hospice Change Guide – Comment on CMS’ Proposed Rule on Cost Report Changes

On April 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released information related to several changes it is contemplating for the hospice program.

Among the changes are:

  • Significant modifications to the hospice cost report
  • Diagnosis coding on hospice claims:  multiple diagnoses, use of debility and adult failure to thrive, use of mental, behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Proposed changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  • Anticipated hospice payment update for FY2014
  • Hospice payment reform

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