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NAHC Report: Issue# 2356, 1/22/2014
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House and Senate Conferees Negotiating Final SGR Bill
Mergers and Acquisitions Continue in the Home Care & Hospice Industry
For Your Information: Deadline Extended for NAHC Member Input into 2014 Home Care & Hospice Legislative, Regulatory Priorities
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House and Senate Conferees Negotiating Final SGR Bill

Negotiators from the House and Senate are currently negotiating a Medicare payment reform bill that will seek to reform, extend or overhaul the current sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. According to a recent report in Politico:

The three congressional committees that have passed Medicare payment reform bills are negotiating a merged bill and payfors against Max Baucus’s impending departure from the Senate to China. Staff of the Finance, House Ways and Means and House Energy and Commerce committees have already met several times to discuss the Sustainable Growth Rate replacement policy, Medicare extenders and approaches to pay for the bill, according to several sources. The staff-level talks are expected to continue this week while lawmakers are in their home states and districts.

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Mergers and Acquisitions Continue in the Home Care & Hospice Industry
In recent weeks, Simione Healthcare Consultants Announced the Acquisition Boyd & Nicholas, Inc. and The Corridor Group Announced the Acquisition of Daymarck

Simione Healthcare Consultants, a national home health and hospice consulting firm, recently announced the acquisition of Boyd & Nicholas, Inc., a California-based consulting firm. The merger combines two of the nation's leading cost report teams for home health and hospice organizations, as well as expands the west-coast footprint of Someone Healthcare.

“We are delighted to welcome the Boyd & Nicholas team to further improve clinical and financial performance for our nation's home health and hospice providers,” said Robert J. Simione, Managing Principal at Simione. "Boyd & Nicholas shares our commitment to ensure that home health and hospice care remain a vital part of the healthcare continuum, and for providing efficient, affordable expertise to improve business performance. We believe this partnership will help more health providers minimize risk and eliminate barriers to financial success at a time when increasing demands threaten the livelihood of so many home care and hospice organizations."

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Deadline Extended for NAHC Member Input into 2014 Home Care & Hospice Legislative, Regulatory Priorities
New Deadline is Friday, January 24 for Member Feedback that will Guide NAHC’s Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy in the Crucial Upcoming Year

In preparation for the year's largest gathering of home care and hospice advocates in Washington, DC at the 2014 Home Care and Hospice March on Washington, March 23-26, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is soliciting  members'  and advocates' input regarding the most important and significant legislative and regulatory challenges and concerns for the home care and hospice industry.  NAHC will use these priorities to guide its legislative and regulatory advocacy during the March on Washington and throughout 2014.

Three simple online questionnaires are now available to allow home care and hospice organizations, as well as other interested parties, to provide their input. The questionnaires will now be available through Friday, January 24, 2014, so please take a moment and cast your votes as soon as possible. Agencies or organizations that provide only hospice care are asked to complete only the hospice questionnaire.

The questionnaires include:
2014 NAHC Legislative Priorities
2014 NAHC Regulatory Priorities
2014 Hospice Legislative & Regulatory Priorities

Items should be ranked on the questionnaires according to the level of importance the voter believes they hold for the home care and hospice community. Again, questionnaires must be completed no later than Friday, January 24, 2014 to allow  votes to be included in each final tally. Please note that each agency is allowed only one submission; faxed copies of the questionnaire cannot be accepted.

Be sure your voice is heard on these important priorities for the coming year!

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