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NAHC Report: Issue# 2232, 7/9/2013
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NAHC Representatives Meet with Chairman of the house Ways and Means Committee Health Subcommittee
Past Attendees Discuss the Value and Importance of Attending NAHC’s Annual Financial Management Conference
For Your Information: Hospice Software Developer/Vendor Call on July 16, 2013
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NAHC Representatives Meet with Chairman of the house Ways and Means Committee Health Subcommittee

NAHC Vice President for Government Affairs, Jeff Kincheloe, and Patti Marascio, former Administrator and now Medicare consultant at the Windsong Home Health Agency in Woodlands, Texas, met earlier today with Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health. Rep. Brady's subcommittee has jurisdiction over Medicare and many other health-related topics that are of concern to NAHC members.

The meeting was held at the firm of Alston & Bird, which provides consulting services for NAHC.  Hans Rickhoff, who represents the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, also attended the meeting.

Mr. Kincheloe and Ms. Marascio discussed with Rep. Brady the serious deficiencies in the CMS proposed rule on home health payment rebasing.  NAHC representatives also discussed the home care community's opposition to home health copays during the meeting. 

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Hospice Software Developer/Vendor Call on July 16, 2013

CMS will host a Hospice technical informational call for software vendors and developers for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.  Call-in information is as follows:

Date:  Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Time:  2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. ET
Conference Call Number:  1-866-712-2205
Conference Code:  4260581739

This call will cover topics such as:

  • Introduction of the Division of National Systems at CMS
  • Overview of the QIES ASAP (Assessment Submission and Processing) System
  • Draft/Final Hospice Technical Data Submission Specifications (v1.00.0) related to the submission of Hospice Item Set (HIS) effective July 1, 2014
  • These Data Submission Specifications may be found here.
  • CMS provided Validation Utility Tool (VUT)
  • Submitted Q & A's

The agenda for the call will be available prior to this call on the QTSO website.

Please Note:

  • CMS encourages vendor and provider software developers to familiarize themselves with this website and review the website regularly for important technical information and updates.
  • CMS encourages vendors to register on this website to receive important announcements from CMS. Registration is completed on the QIES Technical Support Office website (QTSO) website.

Hospice software developers/vendors are encouraged to review specifications and submit questions specific to the Hospice July 2014, release to the Hospice Technical Issues mailbox,HospiceTechnicalIssues@cms.hhs.gov.

The subject line must be "VENDOR CALL".  Questions to be addressed on this call must be e-mailed prior to 6:00 pm ET on July 9, 2013.

  **CMS strongly recommends that all Hospice Software Developers/Vendors attend this call.**

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Past Attendees Discuss the Value and Importance of Attending NAHC’s Annual Financial Management Conference
This Year's Conference and Exposition is being held July 28 - 30 in Washington, DC

With the Financial Management Conference and Exposition kicking off later this month, please see what some of your peers and colleagues say about the importance and value of attending the conference, and make plans to attend this year, as well:

"I find the Financial Management Conference highly valuable for our attendees. We have prioritized it in our budget process over a number of other options. I have been every year and have gotten more out of this conference than a number of other excellent national conferences. In today's challenging environment, the agenda topics and networking opportunities are even more critical to the performance of our businesses than before. It is worth the spend in the world of declining reimbursement, market changes and ACA preparation."

— Joe Calcutt, Chief Financial Officer, Liberty Healthcare Management

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