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NAHC Report: Issue# 2286, 10/2/2013
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NAHC President Submits Progress Report to the Board
New Leader for Office of National Coordinator for Health IT Announced
For Your Information: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Confirmed as a General Session Speaker at NAHC’s Annual Conference & Exposition
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NAHC President Submits Progress Report to the Board

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recently issues a 12-point progress report to NAHC Board of Directors.

Below is the Report’s ten-point overview on NAHC’s Campaign for Responsible Rebasing.

The Campaign for Responsible Rebasing.

The proposed revisions in the Medicare Prospective Payment for Home Health issued by CMS were a major disappointment. They were issued in response to a provision in the ACA requiring “rebasing” which contemplated a top to bottom look at how to make the program better, to increase its efficiency, to create and reward positive incentives, to increase access to care among beneficiaries, and to control costs not only in home health, but in the Medicare program overall.

Our first action was a statement of unity issued on behalf of NAHC, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, and the Visiting Nurse Associations of America. We complained that CMS did not do its job.  There was nothing resembling a comprehensive analysis of the Medicare home care program.  CMS made it only about the money.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Confirmed as a General Session Speaker at NAHC’s Annual Conference & Exposition

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has earned the respect of colleagues from both sides of the political aisle. Every day, he delivers results for all Nevadans, including hardworking families like those he grew up with in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada.

Despite his leadership position, he still lives in Searchlight, and he is still guided by the lessons and values he learned there. The Las Vegas Sun newspaper summarized Senator Reid’s story by saying that he “has gone from underdog to Senate’s top dog.”

Since Nevadans first elected him to the Senate in 1986, Senator Reid has developed a reputation as a consensus builder and skillful legislator. His Republican colleagues have praised his reasoned, balanced approach. Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, has said, “We all respect Senator Reid. He is one of the moderate voices around here who tries to get things to work.”

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New Leader for Office of National Coordinator for Health IT Announced

Jacob Reider, a family physician who serves as the chief medical officer for the national coordinator for health information technology, will become the acting national coordinator on October 4 when Farzad Mostashari officially steps down.

Mostashari, who announced last month that he was leaving after two years as the leader of the Obama administration’s effort to promote electronic health technology, told his staff in an email message Wednesday evening that his deputy, David Muntz, is also leaving on October 4.

In addition to Reider taking over as the National Coordinator, Mostashari said that Lisa Lewis, who is now deputy coordinator for operations, will become the acting principal deputy. HHS is conducting a national search for his permanent successor, Mostashari said.

“The Department and Administration believe that ONC’s continued success is a centerpiece of the nation’s ability to transform health care delivery systems to achieve better care at lower cost,” Mostashari said in the email. In his email to the staff, Muntz said he looks “forward to continuing to support HHS’ vision of achieving interoperability and better engaging patients from the private.”

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