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NAHC Report: Issue# 2326, 11/27/2013
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Senate Committee on Aging Committee Bill Nelson Offers Thanksgiving Message to Family Caregivers; Coauthors Op/Ed on the Importance of Long-Term Caregivers for the Future of Healthcare

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Aging, recently offered a Thanksgiving Message to family caregivers around the country, recognizing their importance and the often-overlooked work they do. Senator Nelson also coauthored an op/ed with his colleague, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on the need for the Senate to address the challenges to, and increasing demand for, long-term care.

Senator Nelson’s full remarks for the record – including the text of his op/ed – are included below:

Mr. NELSON. Mr. President, with the Thanksgiving holiday, November is a time for many of us to enjoy time with our loved ones and reflect on our futures together. With so many family gatherings, many retirement experts also encourage us to use this time to talk with family about our long-term needs.

In addition to thinking about financial needs for retirement, it is important to also address our health as we age. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, an individual turning 65 today has almost a 70 percent chance of needing long-term care in the future, and 1 in 5 will need long-term care for more than 5 years. Conversations about long-term care and advance care planning can be understandably difficult, but they are necessary to ensure our loved ones receive the care they want if they are no longer able to speak for themselves.

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NAHC Will Host Free December 2 Teleconference on the Medicare Rate Rebasing Rule

What: A free teleconference. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will host a free teleconference to highlight issues of critical importance for the home care and hospice community.

When: The conference will take place Monday, December 2, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST. The number to call in US/CAN Toll free is 1-877-757-0919 and the code is 351087.

Why: The final rule for the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) was issued late on Friday, November 22, 2013. The purpose of the calls is to help NAHC members prepare for the impact of the final rule. The rule establishes four consecutive annual cuts of 3.5% in the Medicare payment rate.
In light of the new rule, NAHC and its allies plan to address the following issues:

  • What kind of legislation should NAHC introduce (if any) to improve the outcome in the final regulation?
  • What can be done to lessen the impact of the cuts on agencies in rural or underserved areas particularly because the current 3 percent rural add-on expires in 2015?
  • What measure can be taken to increase access to the Medicare home health benefit and limit the effect of the "homebound requirement?"
  • What steps can be taken to persuade the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognize and reimburse agencies that have invested in telehealth, along with other IT hardware and software?
  • What can be done to ensure that home care fulfills its potential to produce savings under the ACA?
  • Should NAHC and its allies prepare a lawsuit to challenge the regulations?
  • Should NAHC wage a public relations campaign to keep the issue of fair compensation before the American public?

Who is conducting the seminar: Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC; Jeff Kincheloe, Vice President for Government Affairs; Bill Dombi, Vice President for Law; Richard Brennan, Vice President for Technology Policy and Government Affairs; Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy and Programs; Colin Roskey, JD, Cozen O’Connor, NAHC Counsel; and, Mary B. Langowski, JD, Partner, DLA Piper, NAHC Counsel.

Who may participate: NAHC members will receive priority, but the conference is open to all. Please email to reserve your place on the call. The first 500 people will be guaranteed a place.

Will questions be allowed: Yes. Questions from participants will be received 24-hours in advance or submitted while the teleconference is live on the date of the broadcast. Send questions to Mike Wittke at

Will the teleconference be recorded: Yes, there will be a recording of the teleconference. Highlights of the event will also appear in NAHC Report, NAHC’s daily electronic newsletter, and in CARING, its monthly magazine.

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Incarcerated Beneficiary Claim Denials – CMS Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an update on claims denials for some Medicare beneficiaries based on inaccurate information from the Social Security files. 

It is NAHC’s understanding that CMS has been able to restore the original data on the Medicare Enrollment Database and any new claims that are denied on or after October 28, 2013, based on a determination that the beneficiary was incarcerated were denied based on the restored data. 

CMS is in the process of identifying all of the claims that were incorrectly demanded or collected over the last several months, making changes to claims processing system, and refunding amounts collected. This process will identify the claims that were denied in error and Medicare Administrative Contractors will complete the data reprocessing in the near future.

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National Director Private Duty/Managed Care

Responsible for execution of all private duty operational matters for Intrepid. Oversee total operations of the Private Duty Division. Responsible for the successful opening, licensing and certification of all private duty agencies. Ensures that each private duty agency has adequate staffing to meet licensing and certification requirements.

Education: R.N., Bachelors degree; Master’s preferred; not a pre-requisite with proven performance experience and results.

Experience: Minimum five years experience in managerial, leadership and business management positions; private duty related preferred.

Special Skills: Strong negotiation skills, budget management experience, regulatory knowledge, strategic planning experience and analytical skills. Leadership and management experience in effective team building and continuous quality improvement programs. Working knowledge and experience in cross-functional business segments and their integrated influences and relationships. Effective and experienced in motivating and mentoring others who may or may not be in a direct reporting relationship. Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills. Working knowledge of email programs, word processing, etc.

If you are interested in this position please contact Ursala Isom at 214-445-3758 or send your resume to

Mercy Home Care Job Opportunities in Oklahoma

Mercy Home Care, Oklahoma provides the same high-quality medical services you’ve come to expect from Mercy Hospital and our network of primary-care and specialty clinics.  Our team of home-health professionals provides the compassionate health care you need from the comfort of your own home.

Job Opportunities in Oklahoma:
Clinical Supervisor – FT/Ardmore
Physical Therapy Asst – PRN/Ardmore
Regional Director – FT/Oklahoma City
RN – FT/Oklahoma City
LPN – FT/Oklahoma City
Physical Therapist – FT/El Reno
Occupational Therapist – PRN/El Reno
RN – FT/El Reno
RN Case Manager - FT/El Reno
Nursing Asst – FT & PT/El Reno

For more information and to apply online, visit:

For information about placing an ad, contact Scott Baum at

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