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NAHC Report: Issue# 2283, 9/27/2013
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Collaborating to Improve Preventive Cardiovascular Homecare
OIG Issues Report on Illinois Medicaid Reimbursement for Hospice Claims
For Your Information: National ICD-10 Fall Survey: Home Health Industry Readiness
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Collaborating to Improve Preventive Cardiovascular Homecare

As part of its new Cardiovascular Health Improvement Initiative, the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign has recently created the Home Health Cardiac Council. This diverse group of 20 representatives from government agencies and healthcare-related organizations from across the country identifies opportunities for cardiac and home health communities to work together to improve preventive cardiovascular care. The Council also provides input on HHQI campaign strategies and educational materials.

“We are very excited to be a part of this great initiative,” said Zainab Dumbuya, President and CEO of The Cardiac Connection and member of HHQI’s Home Health Cardiac Council. “HHQI has been an excellent resource for our organization, and our team of highly skilled and experienced nurses looks forward to collaborating with the home health community.”

The Home Health Cardiac Council is just one piece of HHQI’s new Cardiovascular Health Improvement Initiative that supports the goal of the national Million Hearts® initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017. HHQI has also developed new Best Practice Intervention Packages and customized data reports designed to help home health agencies improve preventive cardiovascular care. As with all of HHQI’s resources, these materials are free of charge.

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National ICD-10 Fall Survey: Home Health Industry Readiness
Survey Ends in One Week

If you haven’t taken the survey, please take the time to do so now. Data collection ends in just one week.

Did you know that CMS expects ICD-10 to double the average national denial rate to 10%? It's usually just 6%. The government knows that most agencies are utterly unprepared, but just how bad is it?

Hundreds of your peers in the industry have taken our survey. We need to hear your voice, too. Knowing where your agency stands will help us assess industry-wide readiness, and give us the data to aid and lobby for your specific concerns.

DecisionHealth and the National Association of Home Care & Hospice are collecting data for the biggest and most comprehensive ICD-10 readiness survey of home health agencies.

Take the National Home Health ICD-10 Fall Readiness Survey now so that the entire industry can understand the scope of ICD-10's impact and so you can benchmark your readiness against an accurate national picture.

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OIG Issues Report on Illinois Medicaid Reimbursement for Hospice Claims

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released the report Illinois Did Not Always Properly Claim Medicaid Reimbursement for Hospice Claims.   Previous OIG reviews found that states did not always comply with federal and state requirements for hospice claims.  This report is the second released this month from the OIG regarding compliance with Medicaid hospice requirements. 

The objective of the review was to determine whether Illinois properly claimed federal Medicaid reimbursement for hospice claims submitted by hospices in Illinois.  The review included a random sample of 120 hospice claims of $100 or more paid to Illinois hospices between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.  The sample of claims came from 42 Illinois hospices.

The OIG found that the Illinois Medicaid program properly claimed federal Medicaid reimbursement for 81 percent of the claims (97 out of 120).  It is expected that the OIG request a refund of any federal Medicaid dollars paid to a state agency for improper claims; however, the dollar amount paid by the federal government for the 23 improper claims was determined to be immaterial.  Because of this the OIG did not demand a refund. 

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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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