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NAHC Report: Issue# 2330, 12/9/2013
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NAHC March on the Capitol Seeks Relief from CMS Rebasing Rule through a Legislative Amendment and Protection from Further Cuts and Copays
Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice—Request for Comments
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NAHC March on the Capitol Seeks Relief from CMS Rebasing Rule through a Legislative Amendment and Protection from Further Cuts and Copays

NAHC is encouraging all of its members to participate in a March on the Capitol, either in person or virtually, to highlight issues surrounding access to home care and hospice, including Medicare home health rebasing relief and protecting home care and hospice from further payment cuts and copays. For more information, please see NAHC Report December 5, 2013. 

NAHC and the Forum of State Associations have set the March on the Capitol for December 11, 2013, to coincide with expected legislative action this week on the SGR or "Doc Fix" and next year’s budget.

NAHC seeks to secure relief from the recently issued Medicare rebased rates through a proposed legislative amendment and ensure that home care and hospice are exempted from any further cuts or copays. Those unable to attend in person are urged to participate virtually by sending messages to their elected officials asking them to:

1) Postpone implementation of the rebasing rule and require CMS to reconsider the rule and set payment rates that ensure access to home health care services (Letter Template Here), and

2) Reject any proposal to use home health (Letter Template Here) or hospice (Letter Template Here) payment cuts or copays as a means to offset the cost of fixing the Medicare physician payment formula, for deficit reduction, or other purposes.

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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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Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice—Request for Comments

As reported in the November 5, 2013 and October 24, 2013 NAHC Report, there are two issues of ongoing concern that are related to hospices and Part D drug payment:

  1. recoupment directly from hospices of payment for analgesics made by Part D plans in 2011 and 2012 while the beneficiary was enrolled in hospice, and
  2. approval of Part D payment for medications for current hospice beneficiaries
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo on December 6, 2013 addressing the second issue, citing a belief that CMS policy statements are possibly being misinterpreted.  The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliated Hospice Association of America (HAA), , along with other hospice advocates, communicated such concerns to CMS.  The memo is addressed to all Part D plan sponsors and Medicare hospice providers and contains clarification on determining responsibility for payment of medications by Part D plans while a beneficiary is enrolled in hospice.  There are new expectations based on these clarifications for Part D sponsors to prevent duplicate payments for drugs covered under the hospice benefit or waived through the beneficiary’s hospice election.  Specifically, CMS directs Part D Plan sponsors to place beneficiary-level prior authorization (PA) requirements on all drugs for hospice beneficiaries to determine whether the drugs are coverable under Part D or should be the responsibility of the hospice.

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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:

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