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NAHC Report: Issue# 2344, 01/02/2014
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National Council on Medicaid Home Care Calls for a Summit on the Medicaid Impact of the ACA Employer Mandate and New Overtime Compensation Rules
NAHC Year in Review: Regulatory Policy and Issues
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National Council on Medicaid Home Care Calls for a Summit on the Medicaid Impact of the ACA Employer Mandate and New Overtime Compensation Rules

The National Council on Medicaid Home Care, a NAHC affiliate, has call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to convene a stakeholder summit to develop reasoned solutions to the challenges facing Medicaid home care under the Affordable Care Act and the recent overtime rule change issued by the Department of Labor.

Beginning January 2015, providers of Medicaid home care services will face the daunting task of complying with two significant changes in the law that could significantly increase care costs. At the same time, state Medicaid programs and their managed care contractors have not shown any willingness to increase payment rates.

The employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act may trigger an employer’s obligation to offer health insurance or face a $2000 penalty for each employee working 30 hours or more per week. A Council survey indicates that an estimated 67% of Medicaid home care providers currently do not offer health insurance to personal care aides.

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2013 NAHC Annual Meeting Certificates for Attendees are Now Available Online

The 2013 NAHC Annual Meeting certificates are now available online and ready to download for participants and attendees to this year’s Annual Meeting.

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NAHC Year in Review: Regulatory Policy and Issues

2013 was an eventful and busy year within the regulatory area for home care and hospice providers. Below are the most significant developments for the home care and hospice community with respect to regulatory policy and issues compiled by NAHC Regulatory staff:

Face-to-Face Encounters in the Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update for Calendar Year 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided additional regulatory flexibility regarding face-to-face (F2F) encounter requirements, including:

  • Allow facility-based NPP to perform encounter
  • Allow the NPP who is collaborating with or under the supervision of the certifying physician to communicate the findings with the certifying physician (i.e. inpatient or community)
  • Allow the facility-based physician to complete the F2F and either certify or communicate findings to the certifying physician in the community
  • Allow any party to title and date F2F documentation

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