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NAHC Report: Issue# 2334, 12/13/2013
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Study Profiles HCBS Trends Among the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled
CMS Holds Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF)
For Your Information: 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
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Study Profiles HCBS Trends Among the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled

In 2013, The University of Minnesota’s National Residential Information Systems Project (RISP) released a study titled Residential Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2011 (the Study).  The Study’s major findings as they apply to home and community-based services (HCBS) and rebalancing are below.

HCBS Waivers: The number of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that are recipients of HCBS waivers increased dramatically, from 1,381 in 1982, to 62,429 in 1992, to 373,946 in 2002, and to 616,491 in 2011.  Total IDD HCBS waiver expenditures increased from $10.9 billion in 2001 to $26.3 billion in 2010 to $27.9 billion in 2011. From 2001 to 2011, the degree of expenditure increase varied significantly across states, with Illinois, Mississippi, New York and Ohio experiencing increases above 500%, while California, Michigan, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island seeing increases from 25% to 73%.  HCBS waiver recipients accounted for 69.0% of the national IDD population in 2010.    

Rebalancing: The Study provided several statistics demonstrating the success of rebalancing of the IDD population.  The average daily population living in either psychiatric or large state-operated IDD facilities decreased from 187,305 nationally in 1965 to 103,629 in 1985 and to 29,809 in 2011.  Relative to the general population, the institutionalized IDD population declined as well.   The proportion of those with IDD living in either psychiatric or large state-operated IDD facilities as compared to the general population fell from 115.8 per 100,000 nationally in 1965 to 49.3 per 100,000 in 1985 and to 9.6 per 100,000 in 2011.

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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 Holds Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held its last Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) for the year on December 11, 2013.  The following information and updates pertaining to home health were provided by CMS staff.

Jimmo v. Sebelius Settlement Agreement

CMS has issue revised portions of the relevant chapters of the program manual used by Medicare contractors and providers, in order to clarify that coverage of skilled nursing and skilled therapy services “…does not turn on the presence or absence of a beneficiary’s potential for improvement, but rather on the beneficiary’s need for skilled care.” Skilled care may be necessary to improve a patient’s current condition, to maintain the patient’s current condition, or to prevent or slow further deterioration of the patient’s condition. Click here to view Change Request 8458

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