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NAHC Report: Issue# 2357, 1/23/2014
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CMS Issues Final Rule Regarding Home and Community-Based Services
New Information Released on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program The Hospice
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CMS Issues Final Rule Regarding Home and Community-Based Services

On January 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (The Rule) simplifying the ability of states to administer their home and community-based services (HCBS) programs. The Rule was first published as a proposed rule in April 2008, and then published as a second proposed rule in May 2012.  CMS had not previously finalized the Rule as it deemed the Rule non-compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In November 2013, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the then-pending final rule for review from CMS.  The National Council for Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC affiliate - reports on some of the Rule’s key provisions below:

Overview of HCBS

HCBS first became available in 1983, when it was created as a waiver alternative to institutional care under Medicaid through section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act (the 1915(c) option).  In 2005, states were permitted to provide HCBS through the 1915(i) State Plan Option (the 1915(i) option), which allows states to provide HCBS without a waiver or demonstration.  CMS states that “several” states have adopted such state plans, while 47 states plus Washington, DC have at least one 1915(c) waiver.  Additional options for HCBS include 1915(j) Self-Directed Personal Assistance Services, and 1915(k) Community First Choice. 

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New Information Released on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program The Hospice

The hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) was the main focus of the CMS Open Door Forum (ODF) that was held on January 22, 2014. Since the Open Door Forum, CMS has posted the HIS Manual and training slides to the hospice quality webpage.

A summary of information shared on the ODF as well as some information from the HIS Manual is below.  NAHC is planning more education on the HIS and HQRP in the near future with information about the education to be disseminated soon.

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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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