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NAHC Report: Issue# 2272, 9/12/2013
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CMS Issues Medicaid Hospice Rates for FY2014
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Home Care & Hospice Advocates Urged To Take Part In Lobby Day At NAHC Annual Meeting in Washington
Home Health, Hospice Community Should Participate on Thursday, October 31

The home care and hospice community must continue to be involved and present a unified message as lawmakers continue their efforts to reduce the nation’s deficit and offset the cost of fixing the flawed Medicare physician payment formula - known as the “physician fix”. For previous coverage of the physician fix, See NAHC Report, January 3, 2013. 

Home care and hospice representatives from across the country are meeting in Washington this year for the NAHC Annual Meeting, October 31-November 3, 2013.  NAHC has scheduled a home care and hospice lobby day for Thursday, October 31, in conjunction with the NAHC Annual Meeting. 

Participants in the NAHC Annual Meeting will fan out across Capitol Hill to advocate for home care and hospice.  Transportation will be provided between the Gaylord Hotel where Annual Meeting participants will be staying and Capitol Hill.  The message to lawmakers is “Oppose home care and hospice copays and payment cuts.”

The Annual Meeting and Lobby Day in Washington is well timed as Congress will be struggling to address funding the government for the next fiscal year, raise the debt ceiling to prevent a default on the national debt, and find alternatives to the draconian sequester cuts.  In addition, lawmakers hope to prevent a 27 percent cut in Medicare physician payments and will be struggling to find offsets for the estimated $139 to $200 billion cost of the physician fix.

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UP Network Hosting a Mental Health for Home Care Professionals Webinar

UP Network - focuses on serving underserved populations and addressing disparities to improve care – is hosting a webinar on mental health services in a home health setting. Up Network is part of the Home Health Quality Improvement Campaign.

Details follow below:

WHO: Any Home Health Agency that has issues or barriers with special populations

WHAT: HHQI Educational Events

Community Mental Health on Wheels

Learn to maximize mental health services in home health to address many barriers for the under served, including VNS of Ohio’s Psychiatric Bridge Program Grant Services at VNA of Ohio.

Amy Silbaugh, BSN, Manager, Mental Health Services, VNA of Ohio (Cleveland) Gary Mahoney, RN, Psychiatric Bridge Program, Mental Health Services, VNA of Ohio (Cleveland)

When: 09/25/13 @ 3 pm – 4 pm (E.T.) - webinar

How: Click here to register for the webinars

All events are recorded and posted on the HHQI website under the UP tab.

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CMS Issues Medicaid Hospice Rates for FY2014

In an August 30, 2013 Memorandum to Associate Regional Administrators in the Division of Medicaid, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued payment rates that will govern reimbursement for Medicaid hospice services during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.  As with the Medicare rates for FY2014 issued previously, the Memorandum outlines one set of rates applicable to hospices that met quality data submission requirements of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) and another for those hospices that failed to submit the required quality data. 

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