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NAHC Report: Issue# 2241, 7/23/2013
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Hospice Association of America Provides Perspectives on Hospice Payment “Status Report”
NAHC’s Annual Financial Management Conference Starts Sunday. Past Attendees Discuss its Value and Importance
For Your Information: Voting Now Open for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award
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Hospice Association of America Provides Perspectives on Hospice Payment “Status Report”

As part of an April 29, 2013 release, “Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; FY2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Updates on Payment Reform” (CMS-1499-P), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included information about progress to date on research to develop a new hospice payment system - including discussion of several options that could be used in concert to reform hospice payments. Options discussed include:

  • Use of the initial Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) proposed U-shaped model - first proposed in March 2009 - that provides increased payment at the beginning and end of an episode of care, with reduced daily payments in the middle.  CMS comments that concerns with this model include that very short hospice stays have a flatter curve.
  • As an alternative to the U-shaped model, CMS suggests a possible tiered approach to payment with payment tiers based on the length of stay.

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Voting Now Open for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) announced the top 10 finalists who will compete to be Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year.

Voting is now open to help choose the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year now through August 13, 2013.  NAHC and HHNA invite their members, affiliated state associations, and the general public to vote for the winner, who will be announced during the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 31 - November 3, 2013.

The winner will join NAHC members and peers when the meeting convenes at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC.

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris encourages everybody to cast their vote, saying, “help us choose the angel of angels to be honored by all of us.”

Click here to cast your vote for the home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year!

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NAHC’s Annual Financial Management Conference Starts Sunday. Past Attendees Discuss its Value and Importance
There’s still time to register to attend the full conference, or drive in for the day.

With the Financial Management Conference and Exposition kicking off later this week, 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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