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NAHC Report: Issue# 2279, 9/23/2013
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New York Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CMS
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NAHC Meets with Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee

Representatives from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) - including Richard Brennan, NAHC’s Vice President for Technology Policy and Deputy Director of Government Affairs - recently attended a meeting honoring U.S. Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) for his service.  Rep. Camp is the chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means, which has jurisdiction over Medicare. The meeting provided the opportunity to ask for his assistance in reversing the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new rebasing rule. 

NAHC has provided feedback to Congress that the imposed rule would gut 14 percent of the payments to home health care providers over the next four years.  As Chairman of the important U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Way & Means, Congressman Camp is well positioned to consider a delay or reversal of the rule.

Mr. Brennan explained to Chairman Camp that if the proposed CMS rule stands, then 77 percent of the home health agencies in Michigan and 74 percent of the Medicare Certified home health agencies in his district will be at or below margin by 2017.  Brennan continued that this coupled by a need to continue to improve the delivery of health care in home health through the use of technology will leave many agencies unable to innovate and participate in new models of health care delivery.  Brennan asked if there was anything the chairman could do to reverse this unwelcome future for the agencies and the patients they serve.

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NAHC’s Annual Meeting Education Tracks in Focus: Private Duty

This year’s Annual Meeting – being held October 31 – November 3 in Washington, DC – has a wide range of educational sessions for professionals in every segment of the home care and hospice community.

Below is a sampling of the many educational offerings available for those pursing the Private Duty track:

Health System, First Heal Thyself: Five Keys to Home Health and Hospice Growth

The secret to growth and long-term success for health system-based or affiliated home health and hospice agencies lies in looking inward. Discover the five keys to sustainable growth and develop a plan to implement them at your agency to earn more patient referrals from the health system. The strategies provided will be applicable to all agencies regardless of relationship with a health system.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Buying, Selling and Valuing Panel Discussion

This panel will bring together leading M&A experts to discuss updates on the current market conditions - i.e. reduced Medicare reimbursement, health care reform, ACOs, Medicaid and private pay - along with issues that are key to the process of closing transactions. This session will be an open format designed to encourage Q&A.

Enhancing Your Brand

This presentation provides a roadmap to boost your brand’s strategy through key enhancements that relate to your services, your community, and your current marketing efforts. The presenter will share the necessary steps to take when boosting a brand and building recognition in the community.

Insider’s Guide To Measuring Private Duty Financial Success

The presentation will provide the inside track on financial metrics, national industry benchmarks and the best tracking tools for private duty home care. Participants will learn how to measure your agency’s performance against industry data, evaluate which key actions will improve your agency’s business health, and effectively motivate your staff.

To review all of the Private Duty sessions being offered at this year’s Annual Meeting, please click here.

To register for this year’s Annual Meeting, please click here.

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New York Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CMS
Becomes Seventh State to Adopt Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles Initiative

On August 26, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) in New York (the Demonstration). New York is now the seventh state to implement the MMAI, after Massachusetts, Washington, Ohio, Illinois, California, and Virginia.

Seventeen other states have active proposals submitted to CMS. The MMAI is a joint federal and state project which seeks to improve care and reduce costs associated with beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, or “dual eligibles.”

In New York, the Demonstration is called the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage. It functions to enroll dual eligibles into managed care plans called Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) Plans, and provide long-term care services and supports (LTSS). Starting no earlier than July 2014, the Demonstration will eventually coordinate care to 170,000 dual eligible in eight counties.

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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:

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:  or fax to 301.250.2110. EOE.

For information about placing an ad, contact Scott Baum at

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