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NAHC Report: Issue# 2260, 8/26/2013
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NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
NAHC Submits Comments to CMS on the Proposed Medicare Home Health Rule
For Your Information: Join Your Colleagues and Peers at NAHC’s Annual Meeting, and Choose the Track that is Right for You
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NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Modern Healthcare has released its twelfth annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. Among the honorees was NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, who made the prestigious list for the fifth time since its inception. The award honors individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.

Modern Healthcare named Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, as the most influential person in healthcare. The list includes individuals from throughout the entire spectrum of healthcare from providers to insurers, policy analysts to lawmakers.

Those on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list were chosen through a combination of editorial and reader input. Modern Healthcare announced the call for nominations on March 18, 2013. The nominating period continued through April 19, and nearly 28,000 submissions were received. The top 300 candidates, based on those nominations, made up the final ballot for the ranked list. Readers then voted for their top five candidates. Voting began May 6 and continued through June 14. More than 238,000 ballots were submitted. Readers’ votes counted toward 50% of the outcome; the senior editors at Modern Healthcare accounted for the other 50% to determine the final ranking.

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Join Your Colleagues and Peers at NAHC’s Annual Meeting, and Choose the Track that is Right for You

This year, NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is being held October 31 – November 3 in Washington, DC. While there are many issues that are looming large for the home care and hospice community – with many of them coming to a legislative head at the same time as the Annual Meeting – there are also many different education tracks that attendees can choose, including:

  • Home Health 
  • Hospice
  • Nurses 
  • Physicians 
  • Private Duty
  • Therapists

Sessions range in topics from grassroots lobbying to navigating health reform, Implementation of Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) Tools to clinical analytics.

Check out all of this year’s compelling educational sessions and register today.

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NAHC Submits Comments to CMS on the Proposed Medicare Home Health Rule

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently submitted comments to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner on the proposed rule change to Medicare home health services. The comments outline NAHC’s objection to the rebasing rule changes as well as several other issues that could greatly affect the home health community.

The submitted comments state that:

“The 2014 proposed rule includes the most significant change in payment rates since the inception of the Home Health Prospective Payment System in October 2000. With the combination of the rate rebasing and the modifications proposed in the case mix adjustment model, payment rates would decrease by over 14 points over 2014-2017 with the 4-year phase-in of rebasing. Our analysis demonstrates that over 70% of existing home health agencies (HHAs) will be paid less than the cost of care with this NPRM. This proposal will have natural and foreseeable effect of eliminating access to care in much of the country. The NPRM is inconsistent with the rate rebasing authority delegated by Congress to CMS, counter to the publicly available data set out in Medicare cost reports, and a vast regulatory overreach if the goal is to reset payment rates while maintaining access to essential services.

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