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NAHC Report: Issue# 2325, 12/2/2013
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NAHC’s Analysis of the 2014 HHPPS Rate Rule
Beyond Rebasing: Other Elements in the HHPPS Final Rule
For Your Information: 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
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NAHC Testifies Before the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Regarding the Companionship Exemption
Vice-Chair Lucy Andrews emphasizes the consequences that the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on Companionship Care will have on the Home Care & Hospice Community

The House Education and Workforce Committee Subcommittee on Workforce Protections recently held a hearing entitled, "Redefining Companion Care: Jeopardizing Access to Affordable Care for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities." The focus of the hearing was the Department of Labor’s recent Final Rule on the Companionship Exemption for home care workers.

For more on the Final Rule, please see NAHC Report from September 18, 2013.

Lucy Andrews, RN, NAHC’s Board Vice-Chair was one of the witnesses. Ms. Andrews was joined be her fellow witnesses Mr. Joseph Bensmihen, President and CEO of United Elder Care Services, Inc; Ms. Karen Kulp, President and CEO, Home Care Associates; and Mr. Alexander J. Passantino, Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

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2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
Deadline for Presentations is Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice invites prospective faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals for the 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition, Sunday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014  at Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona

Online Submission

Due to the overwhelming success of the online submission process, NAHC will again make it possible for potential faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals ONLINE. Click here to submit online.

Due Date Now Extended to: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The lead contact faculty member for each session must complete the Call for Presentation submission process using the Website. Only submissions with complete information will be eligible for review and consideration as potential educational sessions. Please be sure to read the instructions and submission policies carefully when you go online to submit your presentation proposal.

Submission Deadline Extended

All submissions must be received by Wednesday, December 18, 2013. No submissions or change in content on previously submitted presentations received after this date will be considered. Decisions and notification regarding accepted submissions will be made by the NAHC Annual Meeting Committee in early 2014.

Complimentary Registration

The faculty complimentary registration allows two (2) faculty to attend all educational sessions (with the exception of other ticketed events) scheduled from Sunday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

In addition, faculty members are entitled to attend the general sessions, receptions and/or events each day, as well as the Home Care & Hospice Exposition. Complimentary faculty registrations are not transferable.

Thank you for submitting an educational session proposal for the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition. We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014!

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Beyond Rebasing: Other Elements in the HHPPS Final Rule

In the final rule for the home health prospective payment system (HHPPS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes it proposed to the home health Grouper by eliminating the 170 diagnosis codes claiming that reporting these diagnosis codes for home health is not compliant with ICD-9 coding guidelines. CMS’ maintains that these conditions are less acute or resolved prior to a home health admission (category 1), or the condition does not impact the home health plan of care or result in additional resource utilization (category 2). 

As stated in comments to the proposed rule, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice disagrees with CMS’ assumption and believes there are instances where it is appropriate to list several of these diagnosis in accord with ICD-9 coding guidelines are receive case mix points.

Additionally, NAHC argued that changes in case mix points related to the elimination of the diagnoses should be done in a budget neutral manner. CMS, in the final rule, did reduce the amount of the adjustment to the case mix weights to accommodate for the elimination of these codes from the HHPPS.

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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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