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NAHC Report: Issue# 2332, 12/11/2013
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Event Honoring Home Care and Hospice Champion Debbie Stabenow Kicks off NAHC’s March on the Capitol
CMS Signals Intent to Rescind CR8098 on Vaccines for Hospice Patients
For Your Information: 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
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Event Honoring Home Care and Hospice Champion Debbie Stabenow Kicks off NAHC’s March on the Capitol

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was honored at a breakfast hosted by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice at the Frederick Douglass Museum on Wednesday. The breakfast provided an opportunity for home care and hospice advocates to spend time with one of their greatest allies in the Senate, and to hear her take on the current issues that are affecting the home care and hospice community as a whole.

The breakfast also served as the kick-off event for NAHC’s March on the Capitol. Advocates from around the country - and even more online – contacted their elected officials during the March and asked them to oppose CMS’ rebasing rule and to support access to quality home care and hospice in their home states and districts by opposing any additional home care and hospice payment cuts and copays.

Senator Stabenow serves on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid, as well as on the Senate Budget Committee. She has been a staunch supporter of home care and hospice – leading the effort to overturn CMS’ rebasing rule by circulating a Dear Colleague letter earlier this year. “You are up there in the home care and hospice community’s pantheon of champions,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris during the breakfast.  

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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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CMS Signals Intent to Rescind CR8098 on Vaccines for Hospice Patients

As reported earlier this year – please see NAHC Report, October 22, 2013 and NAHC Report, May 15, 2013 - the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Change Request 8098, under which edits to the Medicare systems would, effective October 1, 2013, deny claims for vaccines furnished to hospice patients that were provided by anyone other than the patient’s hospice provider.  This policy raised numerous questions within the stakeholder community, and prompted NAHC’s Hospice Association of America (HAA) to submit several questions to CMS about the policy.

HAA recently received word from CMS that based on review of the policy they have found “no support for it in other regulations and instructions,” and conveying CMS’ intent to rescind CR 8098 as soon as possible.  CMS is currently determining how soon they can reverse the edits within the systems that are currently disallowing claims for vaccines from providers other than hospices.

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