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NAHC Report: Issue# 2234, 7/11/2013
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NAHC Participates in a CMS Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum
CMS Funds Ombudsman Program for Duals: Falls Short of Addressing Other Stakeholder Requests
For Your Information: Past Attendees Encourage their Colleagues to Join them at this Year’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition
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NAHC Participates in a CMS Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum. The Natioanl Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) participated in the Forum, during which the following issues in hospice and home health care were discussed.

Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) 

On July18, three important events will occur related to HHCAHPS:

  • Home Health Compare will be update to reflect data reported from January 2012 through December 2012 (CY 2012 Q1-Q4).
  • Patient mix adjustment factors are scheduled to be updated; and
  • Data submission deadline for the 1st quarter of 2013 are due.  

Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) that served 59 or fewer unduplicated patients from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013 who met HHCAHPS survey-eligibility criteria are eligible for an exemption from participating in the HHCAHPS Survey for the calendar year (CY) 2015 annual payment update (APU).

The deadline for requesting an exemption from HHCAHPS for CY 2015 is January 16, 2014.

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Past Attendees Encourage their Colleagues to Join them at this Year’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition

There is still time to register to attend this year’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition July 28 – 30 in Washington, DC.

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.

One such past attendee is Walter W. Borginis III, CPA, CGMA, MBA, Executive Vice President- Finance and Administration and CFO of The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia who says that:

“This is one of the most important conferences for our home health and hospice industry. As you know, we are facing extremely challenging financial and operational issues. This conference pairs both knowledgeable consultants with expert providers to create interesting and valuable discussions on the most important financial issues facing your agency. I have always found attendance to give me important tools in dealing with current topics and managing costs. It also provides great opportunities to network with industry leaders willing to share how they are approaching various problem areas. You really cannot get that from any other source.

You do not want to miss this conference. I hope to see you there!”

With so much at stake for the home care and hospice community, 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.

Register today to secure your opportunity to improve your organization’s bottom line.

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CMS Funds Ombudsman Program for Duals: Falls Short of Addressing Other Stakeholder Requests

On June 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release (the Press Release) declaring that it would financially support ombudsman programs (Ombudsman Programs) for the dual demonstrations (Demonstrations). 

Specifically, CMS projected that the total amount of funds allocated will be $12 million over three years, with funds per state estimated from $275,000 to $3 million over that same period.  This followed at least two stakeholder letters to Melanie Bella, and stakeholder Senate testimony in 2012 calling for Ombudsman Programs. 

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