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NAHC Report: Issue# 2235, 7/12/2013
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New Florida MLTSS Program To Enroll First Beneficiaries in August
Urge your Representatives to Support the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013
For Your Information: Past Attendees Encourage their Colleagues to Join them at this Year’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition
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New Florida MLTSS Program To Enroll First Beneficiaries in August

Florida will transition its long-term services and supports (LTSS) from fee-for-service (FFS) to managed care (MLTSS) on August 1.  The transition will begin with counties in Central Florida - Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole.

This program is called the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care Program (the Program), has an effective date of July 1, 2013, and will last for three years.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) approved the Program in February.   

While the demonstration will transform the way that LTSS users in Florida receive care, many unknowns remain for providers, and home care providers specifically.  Concerns remain as to the degree to which care planning is self-directed, and it is unclear specifically to what degree home care providers will be involved in that process.  While the Program contains performance measures for the MCO’s care planning, there is no clear mention of quality standards to which home care providers will be held as part of the Program.

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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 Tom Boyd, Principal, Boyd & Nicholas, Inc., who states that:

“Increasing your knowledge of the possibilities and options of today and tomorrow is important for the survival and success of every business and every professional. The NAHC FMC is a terrific education event for these purposes. Additional benefits include networking with faculty, attendees, exhibitors, and learning of the latest updates from Washington DC.  I have attended every FMC in this century and strongly recommend it to others.”

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

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Urge your Representatives to Support the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013, H.R. 2504, introduced last month by Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) now has 28 sponsors and cosponsors – up from 19 at the time of the bill’s introduction. The bipartisan bill will allow physician assistants (PA), nurse practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.

NAHC strongly supports this legislation and encourages all of its members to contact their lawmakers and urge them to become cosponsors.

Currently, Medicare recognizes PAs, NPs, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives as authorized providers who are able to perform many services for Medicare beneficiaries, including ordering nursing home care and prescribing medicine. However, they are not able to order less costly and less intrusive home health care services. Even in states such as Oregon that have explicitly expanded their laws to allow other medical providers to order home care, Medicare will still not certify payment for these services until a physician signs the order.

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