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NAHC Report: Issue# 2336, 12/17/2013
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Pennsylvania Starts Waiver Application Process Seeking Private Alternative to Medicaid Expansion
FITT Act Accepted as an Amendment During Senate Finance Committee Markup
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Pennsylvania Starts Waiver Application Process Seeking Private Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

On December 6, Pennsylvania began a required 30-day process to seek public comment before formal submission of a Medicaid waiver request (the Waiver Request). The public comment period will last until January 13, after which Pennsylvania will formally submit the Waiver Request to CMS. As currently formulated, the Waiver Request would expand Medicaid coverage via private insurance for those at least 21 years old but under 65 earning up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This expansion is expected to bring coverage to over 500,000 Pennsylvanians.

Some of the important elements of the Waiver Request are discussed below.

Premium Assistance. Pennsylvania will pay premium assistance on the premium and cost-sharing elements. However, new enrollees will be required to pay a monthly premium. These monthly premiums will not exceed $25 for one adult, and $35 for a household with two or more adults.

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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.

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.

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FITT Act Accepted as an Amendment During Senate Finance Committee Markup

Senator John Thune (R-SD) offered the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act of 2013 as an amendment during the Senate Finance Committee’s mark-up session for the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) “doc fix” bill. The amendment passed by voice vote. 

For more information on the Senate Finance markup, please see NAHC Report from December 17, 2013.

The amendment would create a pilot program for the use of remote monitoring technologies in home care. Home health providers would receive incentive payments to provide remote patient monitoring services to Medicare beneficiaries.  The FITT Act is designed to be budget neutral so even without at a CBO score we are confident that since is part of the larger SGR fix it will become law.  We will be tracking the SGR legislation in the Senate and House and provide you with further updates. 

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