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NAHC Report: Issue# 2244, 7/26/2013
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NAHC Wishes Senator Bob Dole a Happy 90th Birthday
AARP Report Details LTSS Utilization in the Great Recession
For Your Information: NAHC Needs Your Help and Participation in its Face-to-Face Encounter Documentation Denials Survey
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NAHC Wishes Senator Bob Dole a Happy 90th Birthday

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently released a video wishing Senator Bob Dole a happy 90th birthday. Mr. Dole served his state of Kansas as a Senator from 1969 – 1996 where he became the longest-serving Republican leader during his tenure. Mr. Dole has also been both the Republican vice-presidential and presidential nominee during his illustrious career.

Since his retirement, Senator Dole has remained active in politics and policy – having been appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007 to co-chair a commission looking into problems at Walter Reed Medical Center as well as continuing to be a tireless advocate for home care and hospice. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Caring Institute.

When asked what caring means to him, Mr. Dole stated that, “to me it’s pretty obvious. It’s looking out for somebody else… If people didn’t care, what a society we’d have. It doesn’t take much effort… It’s so easy to care for somebody else, and most Americans do it.”

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NAHC Needs Your Help and Participation in its Face-to-Face Encounter Documentation Denials Survey

Recently two of the CMS contractors a have announced widespread audits of home health providers with a key focus on compliance with the face-to-face (F2F) encounter documentation requirements. The documentation requirements have become more stringent recently with contractors now expecting physicians to write detailed descriptions of the patient’s condition in order to support the need for skilled services and homebound status.

NAHC has heard that one contractor has denied 399 claims out of 801 within an 11-day period related to the revised guidelines for the F2F documentation.   

NAHC once again needs to present the case to CMS that home care agencies are in an untenable position with the more stringent F2F requirement guidelines.

Before making such a case, however, NAHC needs to gather solid data to present to the regulators. NAHC has developed a survey with specific questions regarding the number and reasons for F2F denials, and asks its members to take a few moments to offer their insight.

The following survey should only take a few minutes to complete and will provide us with valuable information.

Please click here to access the survey. Your feedback is very important.

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AARP Report Details LTSS Utilization in the Great Recession

On July 16, 2013, AARP released a report entitled At the Crossroads: Providing Long-Term Services and Supports at a Time of High Demand and Fiscal Constraint (the Report).  The National Council on Medicaid Home Care, a NAHC affiliate, analyzes the Report’s major Medicaid-related findings.

Poor Economic Factors Threaten LTSS Utilization

The Report highlighted several economic trends that pose a threat to Medicaid LTSS utilization: 1) sixteen states project below 2007-level tax revenues for 2013; 2) many states, especially in the South and West, have not seen pre-recession tax revenues; and 3) states are continuing to cut staff. 

For details, see pages 4-9, here.

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