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NAHC Report: Issue# 2237, 7/17/2013
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Congressman James Langevin Discusses his Life, Career and Pressing Issues for the Home Care Community with NAHC’s President
NAHC Representatives Meet with Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee
For Your Information: Deciphering ICD-9-CM Coding for Hospices Webinar Recording Now Available for Purchase
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Congressman James Langevin Discusses his Life, Career and Pressing Issues for the Home Care Community with NAHC’s President

Extended versions of the following article and interview can be found in the most recent issue of CARING Magazine.

James R. Langevin is one of the most highly respected members of the U.S. Congress. This is a consequence of his unusual catalogue of gifts. He is known for his intelligence, good judgment, and ability to always do the right thing at just the right time. Similarly, he is revered for his integrity and ethics, having lived his life in conformity with the highest values. His word is his bond, and he is consistent in thought, word, and deed. When most people meet him, they do not think of him as disabled. Instead, they view him as a man of passion, energy, and accomplishment. They also realize that he is a genuinely nice human being whose kindness masks an amazing strength of character. What Congressman Claude Pepper said of President Franklin D. Roosevelt applies equally to Jim Langevin. Pepper, who was the president’s friend and confidant, said Roosevelt had “a soul sweetened by suffering.” The president had told Pepper that his fight with polio prepared him to endure the stresses of simultaneously dealing with World War II and the Great Depression. “After you spend a year trying to move your big toe,” Roosevelt explained, “anything else is easy by comparison.”

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Deciphering ICD-9-CM Coding for Hospices Webinar Recording Now Available for Purchase

“Now we know how to handle coding for our hospice patients who don’t have a specific diagnosis.  Thank you!”

The recording of this popular webinar, presented by nationally recognized ICD-9-CM coding expert Lisa Selman-Holman, is now available in downloadable MP4 and CD-ROM format.   If you previously registered for the event you receive a discount on the recording.  The downloadable MP4 is available for 30 days.  Detailed information about the webinar and presenter are below. 

Order your copy by clicking here.

Webinar Description and Objectives 

CMS has said multiple times that hospices should follow coding guidelines and should be coding more than the one terminal diagnosis. Improved insight into coding guidelines will provide strategies and solutions for compliance with the regulatory mandates from CMS. The timelines for new edits denying primary diagnoses of debility and failure to thrive are unknown but will be announced soon. Educating referring physicians and the operational impact on your monthly claims needs to be analyzed and adjustments implemented now. Lisa will discuss the regulatory mandates and add insight into coding in hospice.

  • Describe how the terminal diagnosis and related diagnoses should be identified.
  • Discuss the CMS decision to prohibit debility and failure to thrive as terminal illnesses and.alternatives to debility and failure to thrive.
  • Identify methods to improve compliance with coding guidelines and describe the patient's complex medical needs related to the terminal diagnosis.

About the Presenter

Lisa Selman Holman, JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer/Ambassador

Lisa is a veteran of home care with over 26 years spent in home health and hospice, both as an RN and as an attorney practicing exclusively in home care. She is the owner of Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC, a full-service home care and hospice consulting firm and CoDR (Coding Done Right), an outsourcing company for home care and hospice coding.

She participates on the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance specialty board on OASIS and is the chair of the specialty board on home care coding. She has provided education to home health and hospice professionals since 1994.

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NAHC Representatives Meet with Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee

Representatives from the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) - including NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, William A. Dombi, Esq., NAHC’s Vice President for Law, Jeff Kincheloe, NAHC’s Vice President for Government Affairs, and Richard D. Brennan, Jr., MA, NAHC’s Vice President of Technology Policy and Government Affairs - met earlier this week with Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA), the Chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee’ Subcommittee on Health. Rep. Pitt’s subcommittee has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid, as well as many other health-related topics that are of concern to NAHC members.

The meeting was held off of the Capitol grounds, giving the meeting a more casual atmosphere, yet one where NAHC representatives had the full attention of Congressman Pitts and could argue the organization’s position directly to the Chairman on the new rebasing regulations.  They outlined the serious deficiencies in the CMS proposed rule on home health payment rebasing. 

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