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NAHC Report: Issue# 2311, 11/7/2013
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NAHC Cites Program Integrity Contractor Issues in Recent Letter to CMS
IoM Reports on Challenges of Cancer Care in the U.S: Urges Greater Emphasis on Informed Decisions in Advanced Cancer Cases
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NAHC Cites Program Integrity Contractor Issues in Recent Letter to CMS

Bill Dombi, Vice President for Law for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the practices of one of their Program Integrity contractors that is, “using coverage standards that do not exist and clearly violate the law.”

The letter, sent this week via email to one of CMS’ policy advisors, details the issues that NAHC has with this particular CMS Program Integrity contractor – whose egregious misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the Medicare home health benefit has, “entirely warped and re-written longstanding Medicare home health coverage policy.”

The letter sent by Mr. Dombi details some of the most concerning issues with the Program Integrity contractor, stating that:

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2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
Deadline for Presentations is Friday, November 22, 2013.

Have you ever thought of being a presenter for NAHC conferences? Have you or members of a team at your agency or hospice developed a unique program that helps to improve care and increase efficiency? You have an opportunity to share your knowledge with your peers. Learn more about NAHC's presenter submission process by visiting here.

NAHC’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition will build off the success of 2013’s meeting that just concluded in Washington, DC, and is being held Sunday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 22, 2013.

NAHC's proposal submission process is online, and you must complete it to be eligible for review and consideration at future educational sessions. Please be sure to read the instructions and submission policies carefully when you go online to submit your presentation proposal.

The Annual Meeting will offer more than 125 educational sessions to address the needs of home health, hospice, and private duty providers, as well as clinical professionals including nurses, therapists, and physicians. Proposal topics should fall in one of the following nine (9) categories:

  • Clinical
  • Financial
  • Human Resources
  • Health Information Technology
  • Legal & Regulatory
  • Management & Leadership
  • Marketing & Business Development
  • Quality
  • Telehealth

For each presentation selected, two (2) presenters will receive complimentary registration for the meeting. This registration includes the opportunity to attend educational session series, the exposition, and general sessions.

When you are ready to start the online submission process, click here.

The Web site will be open for submissions through Friday, November 22, 2013. For more information or questions, please contact the NAHC Education Department at 202-547-7424.

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IoM Reports on Challenges of Cancer Care in the U.S: Urges Greater Emphasis on Informed Decisions in Advanced Cancer Cases

The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IoM) has completed a new study that identifies a crisis in cancer care in the United States stemming from a growing demand for care, a shrinking oncology workforce, rising costs of cancer care, and the complexity of the disease and its treatment.

The report, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis,” offers several recommendations for addressing these challenges and improving cancer care, including by strengthening clinicians’ core competencies, shifting to team-based models of care, and communicating more effectively with patients.

In the early days of hospice coverage under Medicare, most individuals electing care were diagnosed with cancer. While that has changed significantly over the last 30 years, patients with cancer diagnoses still make up approximately 30 percent of the beneficiary population. The percentage of hospice users with cancer is likely a higher percentage than this, however, due to the widespread practice by hospices of including only a single diagnosis on hospice claims. Over the last 15 months, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has directed, in keeping with ICD-9-CM coding guidelines, that hospices provide the principal and all additional diagnoses related to the terminal condition on claims being submitted for payment.

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