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NAHC Report: Issue# 2337, 12/18/2013
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CMS Issues Revisions to Proposed Hospice Cost Report, Seeks Input Comments due by December 23: NAHC/HAA Provide Analysis, Guidance
NAHC, Hospice Association of America, and Medicaid Council Seek Input on 2014 Legislative, Regulatory Agendas
For Your Information: 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
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CMS Issues Revisions to Proposed Hospice Cost Report, Seeks Input Comments due by December 23: NAHC/HAA Provide Analysis, Guidance

As reported previously, see NAHC Report, Nov. 25, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to move forward with plans to significantly alter the hospice cost report to collect expanded data that will be used in future years for payment reform.  While the proposed hospice cost report will be applicable to only freestanding providers, CMS will implement comparable changes for facility-based hospices following finalization of the freestanding hospice cost report revisions. 

In response to comments on the initial cost report changes issued in April, CMS has made a number of modifications. Concerns remain, however, about this substantial expansion of reporting requirements and its impact on hospice providers.  The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliated Hospice Association of America (HAA) have met with experts in the field to assess the modifications that CMS has made and to identify additional changes that would provide greater clarity, consistency, and ease for hospice providers.  HAA and NAHC’s Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) have also worked with experts in the field to develop suggested edits for use by Medicare’s administrative contractors (MACs) to ensure greater consistency and accuracy in cost reporting.

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2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
Proposals Now Due Tuesday, December 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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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NAHC, Hospice Association of America, and Medicaid Council Seek Input on 2014 Legislative, Regulatory Agendas
Help Us Shape Action Agendas - and the Future of Home Care and Hospice

Each year the policy staffs of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the Hospice Association of America (HAA), and the National Council on Medicaid Home Care (Medicaid Council) develop agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. The process of compiling the Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints for Action for 2014 has begun.

The policy staffs of these organizations are seeking input to help develop these blueprints, which lay out the action plan and basis for advocacy efforts for the coming year. Throughout  the year as issues develop, NAHC, HAA, and the Medicaid Council gather ideas for these agendas from members, state association affiliates, advisory committees, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

With potential big changes on the legislative and regulatory horizon for next year on Capitol Hill, NAHC, HAA, and the Medicaid Council are planning ahead as always with strategies  to protect the continued viability of home care and hospice. Please take a moment to communicate your thoughts for these agendas to guide us as an association  and community.

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