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NAHC Report: Issue# 2309, 11/5/2013
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Tom Rath Speaks During NAHC’s Annual Meeting
Hospice Patients, Part D Coverage and Analgesics
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Tom Rath Speaks During NAHC’s Annual Meeting
Offers Attendees Tips for Improving the Workplace Environment and for Healthier Living

Tom Rath, a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup as well as a bestselling author, addressed attendees during Friday morning’s General Session during NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition which concluded earlier this week. Rath, one of the most influential authors of the last decade, has a new book, Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, is already receiving critical acclaim as a “transformative work.”

During the General Session, Mr. Rath focused on ways to improve the workplace environment, become a more effective leader, and live a healthier life. “The conventional wisdom is wrong. You can’t be anything you want to be. But you can be a lot more than you are,” said Rath during his presentation. “The key for you and for people you lead is to step back and reflect on your talents. Reflect on your talents and commit them to the people you serve.”

Mr. Rath’s advice emphasized focusing on positive – rather than negative – interactions throughout the day. Specifically, in a work environment, people should have three positive interactions between colleagues and managers for every one negative one. According to his research, if this ratio diminishes, then so does productivity. Conversely, Mr. Rath explained that focusing on positive interactions can actually improve productivity and overall workplace satisfaction. Said Mr. Rath, “Focusing on what people do well and trying to bring that out could be the best investment you make.”

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Hospice Patients, Part D Coverage and Analgesics

On October 30, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a memo to all Medicare Part D plan sponsors instructing them to recoup payment directly from hospices for prescription analgesics paid for by the Part D plan during dates in 2011 and 2012 when the beneficiary was enrolled in hospice. The memo is from the Medicare Program Integrity Group and Medicare Drug Benefit C & D Data Group and is a follow-up to other guidance to Part D sponsors released earlier this year, as part of a general CMS effort to ensure that prescription drugs for hospice patients are financed through appropriate areas of Medicare. 

The memos provide guidance and instruction to Part D plan sponsors regarding payment for medications for hospice beneficiaries that are paid for by the Part D plans.  The instruction is based on analyses conducted earlier this year by the Center for Program Integrity (CPI) of 2011 and 2012 prescription drug event (PDE) records submitted to report Part D payment for pain control medications where the date filled is within the dates of the beneficiary’s Medicare hospice election.

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