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NAHC Report: Issue# 2331, 12/10/2013
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Budget Deal Expected Later this Week
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Budget Deal Expected Later this Week

After months of stalemate, one government shutdown, and legislators moving from one financial crisis to the next, House and Senate negotiators have announced that they have reached a budget deal. The modest deal – negotiated between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) – will set discretionary spending limits for the Federal Government for 2014 and 2015.

Sources close to the negotiations have said that the budget deal is nearing agreement because large, contentious issues were off the table entirely. Republicans agreed not to propose structural changes to entitlement programs – such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – and Democrats agreed not to propose any additional tax increases.

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Hospice Item Set (HIS) Trainings – Save the Date!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans for provider training related to the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and advises hospices to mark their calendars for the upcoming CMS provider trainings. CMS will host a series of provider trainings for the HIS in February and May 2014.

Beginning July 1, 2014, hospices will be required to submit two HIS records for each patient admission – a HIS-Admission record and a HIS-Discharge record.

Trainings will be divided into two sessions:

  • HIS data collection training: will be held over two half-day sessions on February 4 in the afternoon and February 5, 2014 in the afternoon.
    • This training will be geared towards teaching hospice providers how to complete the HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge. The training will cover each item in the HIS, including instruction on how to complete each item, examples for each item, and a question and answer session.
    • The training will be video-streamed live online on February 4th and 5th. The training will also be videorecorded and will be posted on the CMS HQRP website at a later date for provider viewing and download. Limited on-site attendance at this training will also be available.  
  • HIS Technical training: will be held in May 2014, exact date TBD.
    • This technical training for hospice providers and vendors will cover topics such as registration, obtaining user IDs, submitting files to the QIES ASAP system, and reviewing final validation reports. 
    • Details about the date, time, and delivery method of this training are not yet available. Providers should check the CMS HQRP website (link below) for updates.

Providers cannot yet register for either the HIS data collection or the HIS technical training sessions. Further details about HIS training registration processes will be posted on the CMS HQRP website as they become available. Providers should visit the CMS HQRP website here on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information.

Further details about the HIS training will also be discussed on December 11, 2013 during a HIS Special Breakout Session on the Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum (ODF). 

The agenda for the 12/11 ODF, including dial-in information, is available for download on the CMS website here.

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Join with Other Home Care & Hospice Advocates in Marching on the Capitol Today – Either in Person or Virtually

NAHC’s March on the Capitol is set for tomorrow, December 11. All NAHC members are encouraged to participate virtually with those home care and hospice advocates who are Marching on the Capitol to advocate for continued access to home care and hospice services and to ask elected officials for relief from the home health rebasing rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS).

“We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and turn this rule around,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recently. “Many Members of Congress are as disappointed as we are at this rule promulgated by CMS.”

For more information about the March and how to contact your elected officials virtually, please click here.

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