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NAHC Report: Issue# 2363, 1/31/2014
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Alliance on Health Reform Holds Briefing On SGR Alternatives
NAHC Commends CMS on Program Integrity Announcement
For Your Information: Special Offer Pricing for NAHC Members Extended to February 5
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Alliance on Health Reform Holds Briefing On SGR Alternatives

The Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund recently held a briefing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building entitled, “Beyond the SGR: Alternative Models.” Included in the panel were moderators Ed Howard of the Alliance for Health Reform and Stuart Guterman of The Commonwealth Fund. Presentations were given by Gail Wilensky, Economist and Senior Fellow, Project Hope; David Share, MD, Senior Vice President of Value Partnerships,  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; and Mark McClellan, MD, Senior Fellow and Director, Initiative on Value and Innovation in Health Care, Brookings Institution.

The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was created in 1997 as part of the deficit reduction legislation.  Initially, the SGR was  supposed to regulate federal healthcare spending by tying physician payment to an economic growth target. From 1997 to 2001, physicians saw modest pay increases due to the SGR. Starting in 2002 Medicare expenditures began to exceed the targeted growth rate calculated by the SGR and physicians experienced a 4.8 percent pay cut. The current issue, as described by Stuart Guterman, is that reductions were made across-the-board and did not succeed in controlling the growth in spending.  As he stated in his presentation, “It [SGR] does not provide incentives to improve quality, appropriateness, and coordination of care.”

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NAHC Commends CMS on Program Integrity Announcement

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement regarding CMS’ latest Program Integrity announcement:

"NAHC has advocated for a moratorium on the certification of new Medicare home health providers in certain areas of the country where an overabundance of providers leads to potentially abusive practices. The extension and expansion of the home health moratorium is a necessary and appropriate measure," said Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “We will continue to work with CMS to establish home care as the benchmark of program integrity in Medicare." 

NAHC has recommended the use of a moratorium in home health for a number of years and spearheaded inclusion of authority for it in the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

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

Special Offer Pricing for NAHC Members Extended to February 5!

Act now and save on one of NAHC’s most exciting events. 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 February 5. 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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