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NAHC Report: Issue# 2313, 11/12/2013
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Senators Collins and Schumer Circulate Letter Urging Colleagues to Cosponsor their Bill that will Allow More Health Care Professionals to Certify Home Health Plans of Care
CMS to Recoup, Deny Inpatient Hospital Care Claims for Hospice Terminal Diagnosis
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Senators Collins and Schumer Circulate Letter Urging Colleagues to Cosponsor their Bill that will Allow More Health Care Professionals to Certify Home Health Plans of Care
NAHC Members Asked to Help Garner More Cosponsors

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Charles Schumer (D-NY), who serves on the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over Medicare, have circulated a Dear Colleague Letter urging support of their bill, S.1332, the "Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act," which would allow nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and physicians' assistants to certify Medicare home health plans of care. Their bill currently has 9 Senate cosponsors. They have asked NAHC members to help get more cosponsors on the bill.

Senator Collins has introduced the same legislation in past Congresses, and committed to NAHC members during the March on Washington earlier this year that she would reintroduce the bill during the 113th Congress. Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) have introduced a companion bill in the House (H.R. 2504), which currently has 68 cosponsors.

Senator Collins has frequently lauded the important role these health care professionals have in health care delivery and said the legislation would help "ensure that our seniors and disabled citizens have timely access to home health services under the Medicare program." The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) assisted with the preparation and drafting of this legislation and is helping gather support for its passage.

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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.

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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CMS to Recoup, Deny Inpatient Hospital Care Claims for Hospice Terminal Diagnosis

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request (CR) 8273, dated November 7, 2013, which instructs the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to implement a new edit to deny hospital inpatient claims when there is a Medicare hospice claim for the same beneficiary within the same covered period and the principal diagnosis code on the hospital inpatient claim is an exact match of any of the hospice claim’s diagnosis codes.

While this edit is new, it is longstanding Medicare policy that - relative to hospice patients - Medicare only pays separately for hospital inpatient services when those services are not related to the treatment of the terminal condition for which hospice care was elected (Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 11, Section 50).

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