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NAHC Report: Issue# 2267, 9/5/2013
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CMS Seeks Hospice Input on Strengths, Weaknesses, Impact of HQRP
Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees Explore Proposals to Overhaul Medicare Program
For Your Information: NAHC Members Urged To Participate in Fundraising Performance Information and Best Practices Survey
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CMS Seeks Hospice Input on Strengths, Weaknesses, Impact of HQRP

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reaching out to hospice providers seeking input on implementation of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). The HQRP was established under Section 3004 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Health Care Innovation Services (HCIS) - a CMS contractor - is looking for providers who will voluntarily participate in a brief interview.

The interview is intended to help CMS better understand the strengths, weaknesses, priorities and burdens associated with the HQRP, how providers ensure the accuracy of submitted data, how the HQRP has impacted patient services and outcomes, and what CMS can do to improve the program and processes in the future.

The information gathered through this collaborative process will be valuable to CMS in the development of the quality-reporting program.

Interviews will be conducted over the telephone. Information provided in any reports or summaries will not be linked to a particular provider.

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NAHC Members Urged To Participate in Fundraising Performance Information and Best Practices Survey

NAHC is joining with the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group of New Jersey in urging NAHC members to participate in a brief  - approximately 10 minute -survey about your agencies’ stand-alone or system home healthcare and/or hospice fundraising program.

The purpose of the survey is to identify baseline fundraising performance information as well as begin to define fundraising “best practices” within the home healthcare and hospice sectors. 

The results of this survey will be part of an educational presentation at the upcoming Association For Healthcare Philanthropy International Conference in Toronto, October 2 – 5, 2013. 

All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the presentation.

Please click here to share information about your organization’s philanthropic support.

 If you do not feel you are the right person to complete this survey, please send the name and email of the correct person to Bridget Murphy, bmurphy@vnahg.org and she will send the survey to that individual.

Responses are due no later than September 6, 2013. 

For questions about the survey, please contact Bridget Murphy, Chief Philanthropy Officer for Visiting Nurse Association Health Group at bmurphy@vnahg.org or 732-224-6727

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Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees Explore Proposals to Overhaul Medicare Program
Recently released paper includes calls for a combined, uniform deductible for Parts A and B, a coinsurance rate that is applicable to spending above the deductible and a catastrophic cap

The Chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees, as well as the Chairmen of the respective Health Subcommittees, recently released the first in a series of bi-committee discussion papers on Medicare policy proposals. The two committees will release additional papers over the coming months.

The first paper released by the two committees focuses on proposals to modify the cost-sharing and benefit design on the Medicare program – focusing on recent proposals such as the President’s budget, the Simpson-Bowles Commission, the Dominici-Rivilin Task Force and others.

Of greatest concern to the home care community is the paper’s support of a proposal to combine Medicare Parts A and B into a single $550 deductible with a uniform 20 percent copay.

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