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CMS Posts Agenda for December 11 Open Door Forum: Special HIS Breakout Session Included

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has scheduled the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) for Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).   As part of the call, CMS has incorporated a special breakout session related to the Hospice Information Set (HIS) that will begin promptly at 2:40 p.m. 

Open Door Participation Instructions

This call will be Conference Call Only. To participate by phone:

Dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Reference Conference ID: 70980706.

Persons participating by phone do not need to RSVP. TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired. For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.

Encore: 1-855-859-2056; Conference ID: 70980706.

Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time.

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Free Webinar will Discuss the Results of the 2013 National State of the Home Care & Hospice Industry Study
Exclusive Priority Registration for NAHC Members

NAHC members are invited to participate in a free webinar summarizing the findings from the 2013 National State of the Home Care & Hospice Industry Study sponsored by Delta Health Technologies and HealthWyse.  The effort was also co-sponsored by NAHC, the Joint Commission, the Forum of State Associations and CHAP.  Fazzi was also a co-sponsor and the project manager for the study.

This was the largest study in the history of home care and hospice.  The goal was to provide industry leaders with insights on how agencies are positioning themselves for the future.  Over 1,100 agency leaders were interviewed.  The focus of the study was on the present and future use of key technology and practices.  A free webinar on the findings on the study will be offered on December 11, 2013 at three different times:

9-10 AM EST, 12-1 PM EST, and 4-5 PM EST

As a member of NAHC you receive priority registration for this event.  This means that you will have first choice on the time slot that works best for you.  We recommend you sign up for the webinar as soon as possible as each session has a maximum capacity. 

For more information on the 2013 National State of the Home Care Industry Study, or details on the webinars, click here or contact

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CBO Report Suggests Federal Caps to Medicaid

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report entitled Options for Reducing the Deficit, 2014 to 2023 (the Report).  Among various other options, CBO analyzed what effect a federal cap to Medicaid would have on the federal budget, proposing this as an option to reduce the deficit.

Report Implicitly Targets Long Term Care: In its analysis, CBO broke down the main drivers of Medicaid spending.  At $71 billion, CBO listed long term care as the second largest expenditure in 2012 after acute care (at $152 billion).  While CBO suggested that a carve-out for caps on the elderly and disabled was possible, doing so “would save far less” given that this group currently is responsible for 65 % of Medicaid spending. 

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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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