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NAHC Report: Issue# 2250, 8/8/2013
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NAHC Participates in CMS’ Most Recent Open Door Forum

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on August 7, 2013.  The following information and updates pertaining to home health and hospice were provided by CMS staff.

FY 2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update

CMS announced that the final rule was posted by CMS on August 2 and printed in the federal register on August 7.  The final rule addresses:

  • the update to the hospice payment rates that are effective October 1, 2013
  • additional information regarding coding clarifications
  • updates to the hospice quality reporting program
  • information about a hospice experience of care survey
  • hospice payment reform update

Details on each of these topics and a summary of the final rule was published in NAHC Report on August 6, 2013 in two parts and can be accessed here and here.

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ICD-10 Action Planning for Home Health Agencies Conference

DecisionHealth and NAHC have joined together for the ICD-10 Action Planning for Home Health Agencies Conference, which is being held November 18-20, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV.

Register now and save up to $200 on registration and confirm your stay at the Paris Hotel & Casino for only $129 a night.

Visit DecisionHealth’s website for more details.

This  3-day event was designed specifically 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 Oct. 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.

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A Care Model for Children with Complex Medical Needs

The Children’s Hospital Association issued a special report that examines children with medical complexities (CMC) and the gaps that currently exist in meeting the needs of these children.

The report, The Landscape of Medical Care for Children with Medical Complexities, distinguishes children with complex medical needs from those with special needs in that CMC have more intensive health care needs.  Although our health care system has been designed to meet the needs of special needs children they do not adequately meet the needs of children with medical complexities.

As a result, care for this unique pediatric population is often fragmented, uncoordinated, crisis-driven and has a tendency to over-medicalize - while failing to support the family and caregivers.

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