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NAHC Report: Issue# 2265, 9/2/2013
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NAHC Submits Additional Comments to House Ways & Means Committee on Post-Acute Care Draft Legislation
HHS Releases Report to Congress on Providers Ineligible for Electronic Health Records Payment Incentives
For Your Information: On September 6, the rate to attend NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition will increases to $975
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NAHC Submits Additional Comments to House Ways & Means Committee on Post-Acute Care Draft Legislation

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted additional  comments to the House Ways & Means Committee regarding draft legislation to modify post-acute care payments within Medicare. The House Ways & Means Committee’s draft legislation on Medicare post-acute care includes a 1.1 percentage point cut in inflation updates and bundling of post acute payments, and NAHC’s comments come in response to the Committee’s request for public feedback on such proposals. The House Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over the Medicare program.

NAHC submitted its original comments on August 15, and submitted supplemental comments based on both new data showing the negative consequences the current draft legislation would have on the home health community as well as additional information from post-acute care bundling programs.

For more information on the previous comments submitted by NAHC, please see NAHC Report from August 20, 2013.

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On September 6, the rate to attend NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition will increases from $875 to $975

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With the future of Medicare at stake, now more than ever, NAHC members must join their forces and work together. It’s vital that they connect with legislators face-to-face and share the stories that only hospice and home care providers can. Washington, DC, is the center of action and the best place for NAHC to make an impact.

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HHS Releases Report to Congress on Providers Ineligible for Electronic Health Records Payment Incentives

As a requirement of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy recently released a study entitled EHR Payment Incentives for Providers Ineligible for Payment Incentives and Other Funding Study.  The long-awaited study provided a rationale for identifying provider types not eligible for electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments and identified the provider types who may participate in Medicare and Medicaid but are not eligible for the EHR incentive programs instituted under HITECH.

Home health care and hospice providers - categorized as Long-Term, Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) providers in the report - were included as one of the ineligible provider types that have a frequent need to exchange health information on behalf of their patient populations and would benefit from the use of health IT/EHR technology, including the ability to communicate electronically with other providers.

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