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NAHC Report: Issue# 2338, 12/19/2013
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New Codes for Home Health Consolidated Billing
MedPAC Gives Initial Approval to Freeze FY2015 Hospice Payments – Inclusion of Hospice Under MA
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New Codes for Home Health Consolidated Billing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its annual update to the home health consolidated billing list. Effective April 1, 2014 the following new codes will be added to the home health consolidated billing.

Supply HCPCS codes:

A7047 Oral Interface Used With Respiratory Suction Pump, each

A6531, Gradient Compression Stocking, Below Knee, 30-40 MMHG, Each

A6532, Gradient Compression Stocking, Below Knee, 40-50 MMHG, Each

A7047 is a new HCPCS code in 2014. Codes A6531 and A6532 are existing codes added due to their similarity to code A6545, which has been subject to HH consolidated billing since 2009.

Therapy HCPCS codes:

92521 - Evaluation of speech fluency (eg, stuttering, cluttering)

92522 - Evaluation of speech sound production (eg, articulation, phonological process, apraxia, dysarthria);

92523 - with evaluation of language comprehension and expression (eg, receptive and expressive language)

Click here to view the Change Request.

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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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MedPAC Gives Initial Approval to Freeze FY2015 Hospice Payments – Inclusion of Hospice Under MA
Final Consideration will be Given at January Meeting

At its December meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) gave preliminary approval to inclusion of two recommendations directly related to hospice as part of its anticipated March 2014 report to Congress:

  • Inclusion of hospice as part of the benefits package under private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans (see NAHC Report, Nov. 19, 2013); and
  • A zero market basket update for fiscal year (FY) 2015 payments.

MedPAC chair Glenn Hackbarth noted that the Commission's zero update recommendation presumed no imposition of the 2 percent sequester. MedPAC hasn’t incorporated the sequester as a factor when it develops recommendations because it had been seen as a “temporary” measure on which Congress would likely take action. 

Since it appears that the sequester may remain in place for the foreseeable future, MedPAC will likely include the impact of the sequester as a factor in developing its recommendations next year.

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