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NAHC Report: Issue# 2246, 7/30/2013
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CMS Releases Change Request 8358 – Additional Data Reporting Requirements for Hospice Claims
Financial Management Conference Continues with General Sessions, Workshops
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CMS Releases Change Request 8358 – Additional Data Reporting Requirements for Hospice Claims

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Change Request (CR) 8358, Additional Data Reporting Requirements for Hospice Claims.  The implementation date on the CR is January 6, 2014. There is, however, additional voluntary reporting and mandatory reporting dates which are outlined below. CMS states that the additional claims data supports hospice payment reform as authorized by the ACA.  Last month, NAHC and its affiliate, the Hospice Association of America (HAA), sent comments to CMS on the Proposed Rule:  Medicare Program; FY2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Updates on Payment Reform (CMS-1449-P). 

In those comments, NAHC and HAA urged CMS to obtain needed data that accurately depicts costs while making informed decisions regarding hospice payment reform.  Both NAHC and HAA are pleased that CMS has taken this step of obtaining additional data prior to implementing reforms to the hospice payment system.

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Join DecisionHealth and NAHC for the ICD-10 Action Planning for Home Health Agencies Conference
November 18-20, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV

Surveys show most home health agencies have underestimated the scope of the transition to ICD-10, are behind in planning, and are confused about how to prepare financially. For months after October 1, 2014 - when ICD-10 goes into effect - many home health agencies will see major productivity disruptions and financial losses.

This comprehensive, three-day event was specifically designed to get independent home health agencies on the path to a smooth ICD-10 transition with a 10-month plan that optimizes the time and resources you have. 

Highlights include:

  • Critical 2014 milestones and how to hit them, starting with how to conduct a gap analysis and drive your agency with the maniacal focus needed to prepare for ICD-10 in only 10 months
  • End-to-end ICD-10 testing game plan, including the tests to run, how to do it with your vendor, and the critical timeframes to follow
  • In-the-trenches do's and don’ts: Experts offer candid critiques of actual HHA implementation tactics packed with recommendations sure to improve your own efforts
  • What to watch out for after October 1, 2014, such as how to know your systems are working properly and best practices to measure the impact of ICD-10 on your productivity and revenue, all critical to spotting adjustments as needed.

For complete details, view the full agenda here.

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Financial Management Conference Continues with General Sessions, Workshops

The Second day of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA)’s Financial Management Conference and Exhibition included an in-depth look at many of the issues that are affecting the bottom line of home care and hospice agencies – with a particular focus on the political and regulatory changes that are having a broad impact across the home care and hospice community.

The first General Session of the day was entitled, “HHFMA Leadership Panel – the Future Belongs to Home Carer and Hospice.” The panel included home care and hospice leaders from a diverse group of organizations in terms of both their geographic make up as well as their size. The panel was moderated by William Dombi, NAHC’s Vice President for Law and Executive Director of the HHFMA.

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