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NAHC Report: Issue# 2257, 8/21/2013
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Hospice FY2014/FY2013 Wage Index Value Comparison Charts now Available
Advocacy in August Tips for Success: Invite Your Member of Congress on a Home Health Visit
For Your Information: Deciphering ICD-9-CM Coding for Hospices Webinar Recording Now Available for Purchase
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Hospice FY2014/FY2013 Wage Index Value Comparison Charts now Available

In conjunction with publication of the final rule related to the FY2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted online tables containing the FY2014 wage index value rates.

The wage index value rates can be found here. Please scroll down to the Wage Index Files section.

HAA has developed a spreadsheet containing FY2014 wage index values as compared with the FY2013 wage index values.

The spreadsheet is available here under the Hospice Payment section.

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Deciphering ICD-9-CM Coding for Hospices Webinar Recording Now Available for Purchase

“Now we know how to handle coding for our hospice patients who don’t have a specific diagnosis.  Thank you!”

The recording of this popular webinar, presented by nationally recognized ICD-9-CM coding expert Lisa Selman-Holman, is now available in downloadable MP4 and CD-ROM format.   If you previously registered for the event you receive a discount on the recording.  The downloadable MP4 is available for 30 days.  Detailed information about the webinar and presenter are below. 

Order your copy by clicking here.

Webinar Description and Objectives 

CMS has said multiple times that hospices should follow coding guidelines and should be coding more than the one terminal diagnosis. Improved insight into coding guidelines will provide strategies and solutions for compliance with the regulatory mandates from CMS. The timelines for new edits denying primary diagnoses of debility and failure to thrive are unknown but will be announced soon. Educating referring physicians and the operational impact on your monthly claims needs to be analyzed and adjustments implemented now. Lisa will discuss the regulatory mandates and add insight into coding in hospice.

  • Describe how the terminal diagnosis and related diagnoses should be identified.
  • Discuss the CMS decision to prohibit debility and failure to thrive as terminal illnesses and alternatives to debility and failure to thrive.
  • Identify methods to improve compliance with coding guidelines and describe the patient's complex medical needs related to the terminal diagnosis.

About the Presenter

Lisa Selman Holman, JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer/Ambassador

Lisa is a veteran of home care with over 26 years spent in home health and hospice, both as an RN and as an attorney practicing exclusively in home care. She is the owner of Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC, a full-service home care and hospice consulting firm and CoDR (Coding Done Right), an outsourcing company for home care and hospice coding. She participates on the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance specialty board on OASIS and is the chair of the specialty board on home care coding. She has provided education to home health and hospice professionals since 1994.

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Advocacy in August Tips for Success: Invite Your Member of Congress on a Home Health Visit
Demonstrate Home Health’s Impact in Your Community

"Tell your senators [and representatives] about the compassionate care you provide and the budgetary problems you face… Invite your elected officials go out on a home visit with you,” said home care and hospice champion Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) at the Home Care & Hospice March on Washington earlier this year.

Senator Collins cites her experience going on a home visit with a home care advocate in Maine for why she is such a strong supporter of the home care and hospice community. NAHC members will be hard-pressed to find a better way to ensure that their Members of Congress understand the importance of home health care in communities across America than asking them to come along to see your agency's field staff visiting your patients in their homes.

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