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NAHC Report: Issue# 2235, 7/12/2013
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OIG HHS Report Finds Eleven States Improperly Restricted Home Health Eligibility
Urge Your Senators to Sponsor the FITT Act
For Your Information: Past Attendees Encourage their Colleagues to Join them at this Year’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition
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OIG HHS Report Finds Eleven States Improperly Restricted Home Health Eligibility

On July 1, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (the OIG) sent a Memorandum Report (the Report) to Marilyn Tavenner, the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, evaluating the states' eligibility requirements for Medicaid Mandatory Home Health Services.  The Report found that eleven states had improper restrictions on eligibility requirements by including a requirement that the patient be homebound.

In the early 1990s, NAHC was successful in advocating that the Medicare-like "homebound" requirement for Medicaid home health services violated federal Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since that time, some states had resisted changing their coverage standards to comply with the law. Subsequent complaints lead CMS to issue a Medicaid Directors Letter and to proposed changes in the formal Medicaid regulations to prohibit any homebound requirement.

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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 Pat Laff, CEO of Laff Associates, who states that:

“Many of our clients consider the annual Financial Management Conference the most informative and important conference of the year and never miss it!  This year’s programs relate directly to the significant changes and opportunities that will affect all home care and hospice providers beginning January 2014.  The Notice of Proposed Rule Making for the Rebasing of HHPPS, to be released late June-early July, and the anticipated changes to the Medicare Hospice payment structure will be discussed and should be high on the “need to know” list for all providers. And, don’t forget the networking opportunities with you colleagues.  We hope to see you there!”

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

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Urge Your Senators to Sponsor the FITT Act

One of the main goals of the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA), a NAHC affiliate, is the passage of the FITT Act, S. 596. Introduced earlier this year by Senators Thune (R-SD) and Klobuchar (D-MN), the FITT Act would expand the use of telehealth under Medicare by offering incentives to home health agencies who demonstrate the use of remote monitoring and communication technologies that serve rural and underserved urban communities.

The bill currently has 8 cosponsors. NAHC and HCTAA both strongly urge you to contact your lawmakers and urge them to become sponsors as well.

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