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NAHC Report: Issue# 2354, 1/16/2014
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CMS Announces a Hold on LUPA Payments
NAHC Receives Clarification on the EHR Exception and Safe Harbor Provisions for Health IT
For Your Information: NAHC 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition
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CMS Announces a Hold on LUPA Payments

In today’s MLN Connects, CMS announced a hold on LUPA payments. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has initiated inquiries with CMS on this matter.

Below is the item as it appeared in MLN Connects:

Temporary Hold of Home Health LUPA Claims

Medicare contractors have identified an incorrect payment calculation affecting home health claims that would be paid low utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs). To prevent these claims from paying incorrectly, Medicare contractors will hold all home health LUPA claims with "Through" dates on or after January 1, 2014 until Medicare systems are corrected. This correction should occur in early February, 2014.

Home health agencies do not need to take any action. Medicare contractors will release the claims as soon as the correction is complete.

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NAHC Receives Clarification on the EHR Exception and Safe Harbor Provisions for Health IT

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently received clarification on the EHR Exception and Safe Harbor provisions.  The language in the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) final rule for the Anti-Kickback safe harbor is nearly unchanged from the previous version.

Most significantly, CMS decided not to take any action with respect to independent home health agencies. CMS did indicate, however, that they will continue to monitor the use of the exception and may take action to exclude additional stakeholders from the exception prior to the new December 31, 2021 expiration date.

Below is a summary of CMS’ final rule for the anti-kickback safe harbor provisions as they pertain to home health agencies.

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NAHC 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel | Washington, DC | March 23-26, 2014

Two Week Special Offer for NAHC Members!

Act now and save on one of NAHC’s most exciting events. Starting January 15, NAHC members can register for the 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition at the special rate of $350. That’s nearly $150 in savings if you register by January 29. Don’t wait because this offer is only valid for two weeks.

The 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition provides the perfect chance for you to make an impact on those who make the policies that affect home care and hospice. Together we can raise awareness of the issues that shape our business. So lend your voice as we deliver a unified message on Capitol Hill. Meet with your members of Congress. Tell them why home care matters to constituents in your state. Then take advantage of an unrivalled chance to network with your peers and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

You’ll receive full admission to the educational sessions and exhibit hall and hear addresses by leading advocates for home and hospice. You’ll get insights from political pundits who have the inside scoop on Washington, DC.

To take advantage of our special offer, you can register the following ways:

  • To register, click here.
  • By fax: 202.547.3660
  • By mail: NAHC Meetings, P.O. Box 37558, Baltimore, MD 21297-3558

To make Hotel Reservations: The NAHC Discount Rate is 289.00/night (single/double) or $389.00/night (suite), click here.

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