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NAHC Report: Issue# 2277, 9/19/2013
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Long Term Commission Issues Final Report to Congress

On September 18, the Commission on Long-Term Care (the Commission) issued a Report to Congress providing recommendations for long-term care reform.  This follows a September 13 press release by five dissenting commissioners issuing alternative recommendations.  The following is a synopsis of the issues discussed relevant to Medicaid, Medicare and/or home and community-based services (HCBS).

Key Points

Rebalancing: The Commission, in its recommendations, is very pro-home care. It recommends that Congress provide incentives to states to give people more options of care for those who prefer to live in the community.  The Commission recommended that this care should be 1) the most integrated possible; 2) person-centered in nature; and 3) based on objective needs assessments.  To achieve these goals, the Commission advised that:

  • CMS should prioritize access to HCBS when devising systems of care;
  • Individuals and family caregivers should have sufficient information to “enable them to make informed choices between institutional and HCBS services”;
  • CMS should streamline the Medicaid waiver process, specifically with regard to HCBS provisions;
  • CMS should give states technical assistance to encourage rebalancing; and
  • A study should be commissioned that analyzes cost savings resulting from: 1) increased access to HCBS; 2) more successful transitions into HCBS; and 3) fewer unnecessary admissions and readmissions into institutions

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Join your Peers and Colleagues for an ICD-10 Pre-Conference Prior to the Annual Meeting

NAHC members are invited to attend this full-day training program, which will serve as an introduction to ICD-10-CM for coding professionals and clinicians looking to achieve proficiency in the new coding system. The educational session is being offered to home health agencies and hospices to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding, which will be mandatory effective October 1, 2014.  Program attendees will come away with the following:

  • A well-rounded knowledge base for every chapter in ICD-10-CM.
  • Comparison of the ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets.
  • ICD-10 conventions and sequencing guidelines.

Those attending will be afforded opportunities to practice accessing the index, locating codes, and noting tabular list instructions. They will apply this information to coding scenarios. Insights will be offered on ways to improve clinical documentation necessary for choosing the most specific and appropriate codes.

“In order to successfully transition to ICD-10, home health and hospice organizations need a comprehensive understanding of the logic and structure on which the new code set has been built, and NOW is the time for them to actively pursue that knowledge so their agencies can comfortably adapt to this significant change,” said Lisa Selman-Holman, JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, COSC, HCS-O, AHIMA ICD-10-CM Ambassador and the course’s faculty. “This session will include practical application of coding guidelines to home care and hospice-specific scenarios and provide insights into methods that will help to improve overall clinical documentation.  It will be time well spent!”

To register for NAHC’s Annual Meeting, please click here. To register for – and learn more about - the ICD-10 pre-conference, please click here.

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HIPAA Compliance Reminder
Covered entities must comply by September 23, 2013

NAHC members are invited to attend this full-day training program, which will serve as an introduction to ICD-10-CM for coding professionals and clinicians looking to achieve proficiency in the new coding system. The educational session is being offered to home health agencies and hospices to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding, which will be mandatory effective October 1, 2014.  Program attendees will come away with the following:

  • A well-rounded knowledge base for every chapter in ICD-10-CM.
  • Comparison of the ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets.
  • ICD-10 conventions and sequencing guidelines.

Those attending will be afforded opportunities to practice accessing the index, locating codes, and noting tabular list instructions. They will apply this information to coding scenarios. Insights will be offered on ways to improve clinical documentation necessary for choosing the most specific and appropriate codes.

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Administrative Director
Adventist Health/Home Care Services, Portland, Oregon

Adventist Health is seeking an experienced Home Care Administrator to oversee a growing and busy mission driven service provider in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Scope of job responsibilities include Home Health, Hospice, Home Medical Equipment, Home Infusion Therapy, and Private Duty business lines. The Administrative Director is responsible to direct, supervise, monitor and evaluate all functions and activities for the Adventist Health/Home Care Services department of Adventist Medical Center (AMC). We are looking to the right individual who can lead in business growth and development, financial management, HR management, and conformity to policies, procedures, quality improvement and regulatory requirements. In addition, we are looking for the right individual to support and promote the mission, philosophy and the vision of our Adventist Health/Home Care Services department, creating an environment in which all Homecare staff can work together harmoniously and with coordinated effort in compliance with AMC’s Service Standards. Candidates must have previous health care and leadership experience; home care experience preferred. Bachelors’ degree in a healthcare field required, Master’s in Business preferred. Compensation Commensurate with Experience.

Please apply on our website for the Administrative Director/Home Care Services position:
http://www.adventisthealthnw.com/find-a-career/job-search


Home Care Administrator, RN
Asbury Methodist Village at Home, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Why work for us?

Excellent Community Setting & Work Environment, Unparalleled & Exciting Growth Opportunity, Strong Corporate Resources Available, Autonomy to Run a Successful Program

Asbury Methodist Village, located in Gaithersburg Maryland, is currently searching for an experienced administrator to manage its Private Duty home care agency. Experience in home and community based services and a passion for working with the elderly are a must. The ideal candidate has five years home care experience in all areas of agency operation.  We provide home care to residents of our retirement community with a growth strategy to provide service off campus in the greater community.  The ideal candidate has a network of professionals to tap into for new referral sources to accomplish our growth goals. 

This position is responsible for the full range of operations including: clinical, financial, marketing, human resources, and public relations. Strong networking skills and the ability to develop relationships with referral sources, i.e. physicians, hospitals, healthcare agencies, etc.  Candidate must possess excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be proficient with MS Office, computerized scheduling software and medical records.

Excellent benefits and salary based upon professional experience.

To apply, please forward resume, cover letter, and complete salary history to Human Resources Representative via e-mail: BPickhardt@asbury.org  or fax to 301.250.2110. EOE.

For information about placing an ad, contact Scott Baum at ads@nahc.org.

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