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NAHC Report: Issue# 2245, 7/29/2013
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NAHC Statement on CMS Announcement of Temporary and Targeted Moratorium on the Approval of New Home Health Agencies
NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition Gets Underway
For Your Information: Friday Morning Collaborative Webinar Series – Long-Term Care Commission: Learn More about It and How You Can Engage
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NAHC Statement on CMS Announcement of Temporary and Targeted Moratorium on the Approval of New Home Health Agencies

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a temporary and targeted moratorium on the approval of new home health agencies in the Miami and Chicago metropolitan areas. The moratorium takes effect on July 30, 2013.

According to CMS, the goal of the temporary moratoria is to fight fraud and safeguard taxpayer dollars, while ensuring patient access to care.  Authority to impose such moratoria was included in the Affordable Care Act, and CMS is exercising this authority for the first time.

“We fully support the action taken by CMS,” stated Val J. Halamandaris, president, National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “NAHC has long supported program integrity measures such as this and strongly recommended that Congress give CMS the authority to issue a moratorium as part of the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to continue working with CMS as it considers other areas of the country where a moratorium may be needed,” stated Halamandaris. 

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Friday Morning Collaborative Webinar Series – Long-Term Care Commission: Learn More about It and How You Can Engage
Tuesday, August 13, 2-3p.m. ET

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the so-called "fiscal-cliff" law) repealed the CLASS Act and established a Long-Term Care Commission to advise Congress on how long-term care can be better provided and financed for the nation's older adults and people with disabilities.

The Commission is charged by statute to report with a "plan for the establishment, implementation, and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long-term services and supports for individuals in need."

The Commission is holding public hearings and meeting through the end of September to complete work on its report.

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), collectively representing over 100 national aging and disability organizations, recently came together to develop joint principles that have been submitted to the Commission.   

Your knowledge and expertise about long-term services and supports is critical. Join this webinar to learn more about the Commission, the LCAO/CCD Principles, and how you can submit your ideas and recommendations to the Commission.

Speakers:

  • Larry Atkins, Staff Director for the Long-Term Care Commission
  • Howard Bedlin, National Council on Aging
  • Maureen Fitzgerald, The Arc of the US
  • Henry Claypool, American Association of People with Disabilities (Appointed Commissioner)

Space is limited, so please register early and share lines when possible. The webinar will be recorded and posted online.

Host:

The Friday Morning Collaborative is a coalition of national aging and disability organizations working together to protect and strengthen Medicaid home and community-based services. With support from The SCAN Foundation, the coalition is hosting ongoing webinars to provide information and resources to state advocates.
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NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition Gets Underway

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) kicked off their 2013 Financial Management Conference & Exposition earlier this week at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

The conference started off with a Grand Opening reception in the Exposition Hall followed by an opening General Session that offered a glimpse into the policy and politics that have direct consequences on the home care and hospice community. The Opening General Session was led by NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris and William Dombi, NAHC’s Vice President for Law and the Executive Director of the HHFMA.

Both the reception and opening session were well-attended, with many conversations focusing on CMS’ recent moratorium on new home care providers in the Miami, Chicago and Houston areas, the proposed rebasing rules and the year-long delay on the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate.

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