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NAHC Report: Issue# 2335, 12/16/2013
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NAHC Holds Teleconference to Share Latest Congressional Developments with the Home Care & Hospice Community
CMS Updates Its Coverage Manual to Comply with the Jimmo v. Sebelius Decision
For Your Information: 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) held a teleconference on Friday, December 13, to share recent congressional developments with the wider home care and hospice community. Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC, hosted the call. He was joined by Jeff Kincheloe, NAHC’s Vice President for Government Affairs; Bill Dombi, NAHC’s Vice President for Law; Richard Brennan, NAHC’s Vice President for Technology Policy and Government Affairs, and; Theresa Forster, NAHCS’s Vice President for Hospice Policy and Programs.

The teleconference served as an opportunity for NAHC staff to provide updates on a number of developments that occurred during ongoing legislative negotiations in Congress – many of which occurred after NAHC’s March on the Capitol earlier in the week. Specifically, the teleconference focused on the recently-reached budget agreement between Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA) which passed the House earlier this week and will likely clear the Senate soon.

Other developments surround SGR legislation – or the “doc fix” – which saw action in both the House and the Senate. A three month delay in the scheduled 24 percent cut in Medicare physician payments was included in the budget deal. Congress intends to address a permanent fix to the flawed Medicare physician payment formula during the first three months of next year.

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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 Updates Its Coverage Manual to Comply with the Jimmo v. Sebelius Decision

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued manual guidance - Change Request  8458 - related to the Jimmo v. Sebelius lawsuit decision. The lawsuit puts an end to the Medicare contractors applying an improvement standard for Medicare covered services. CMS has consistently stated that the decision does not alter the Medicare benefit in any way, but serves to clarify that coverage of skilled nursing and therapy services does not require that  the beneficiary have a  potential for improvement, but rather that the beneficiary is in need of skilled care.

Relative portions of the manuals for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Home Health (HH), and Outpatient (OPT) coverage have been updated.

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