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NAHC Report: Issue# 2364, 2/3/2014
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NAHC Concludes its Strategic Planning Congress
OIG 2014 Work Plan Includes New Work on Hospice in Assisted Living Facilities
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NAHC Concludes its Strategic Planning Congress

NAHC’s Board of Directors, Forum of State Associations and key leaders from the home care and hospice community assembled in Boca Raton, FL recently for series of strategic planning sessions. The aim of the meetings was to give vision, direction, and a unified mission to the entire home health care and hospice community.

The Strategic Planning Congress got underway Thursday night when NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC Board Chairperson Andrea Devoti, and NAHC staff honored Bill Simione for his lifetime of dedication to the home care and hospice community.

“No one does more for home care than Bill Simione,” said Mr. Halamandaris. “Mr. Simione is someone who’s inspired us.”

In reflecting on his close to five decades as a leader in the home care field, Mr. Simione reflected that, “We are now a cohesive industry that is making a difference in the health delivery system. And so is hospice.  We have come a long way and I’m proud to be part of this industry.”

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OIG 2014 Work Plan Includes New Work on Hospice in Assisted Living Facilities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued its Work Plan for fiscal year (FY) 2014, which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that the OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations during the current fiscal year (FY) and beyond. Hospice has been an area of increased examination by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the OIG, and others in recent years.

Of note in the OIG’s new Work Plan related to hospice is the continuing study of use of hospice General Inpatient (GIP) care as well as the announcement of a new line of inquiry related to use of hospice in assisted living facilities (ALFs). 

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Join the American Health Lawyers Association and NAHC at the Upcoming Long Term Care and the Law Conference

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is a co-sponsor of the upcoming American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Long Term Care and the Law conference. The conference will be held in Las Vegas, NV at The Cosmopolitan Hotel, from Wednesday, February 19 to Friday, February 21, 2014.

The 2014 conference promises to be an exciting and informative meeting where some of the leading long term care lawyers in the nation will be presenting on topics ranging from fraud and abuse to how the post-acute market is changing. NAHC’s Bill Dombi will provide an update on the “Legislative and Regulatory Issues for Home Health and Hospice.”

For the first time, the conference will have an education track with a focus on “Home Health and Hospice.” Some of the program topics include Government Fraud Concerns in Hospice and Home Health; Home Health Transactions: Clinical and Legal Aspects of the Diligence; Compassionate and Compliant End of Life Care in SNFs; and Hone in on Home Health and Hospice Compliance and Quality: The Government is Watching. The conference will also have an Interactive Session and Roundtable dedicated to home health and hospice.

This year’s plenary session is titled, Acute and Post-Acute Integration: Insights from Both Outside and Inside the Long-term Care Spectrum. The Plenary Session Panel will discuss these trends with an outstanding panel of diverse experts who will provide perspectives from outside as well as inside the post-acute spectrum. Two moderated panels will delve deeply into not only what appears to be happening with post-acute integration, but also what is really happening with actual provider experiences. The first part of the panel will include leaders who are outside of long-term care – from the acute care, managed care, and health care financing arenas. They will provide their perspective on how they see forces outside of long-term care affecting and shaping this integration trend. A second expert panel of individuals from inside the post-acute care spectrum, who are deeply involved in developing these integration transitions within their organizations, will then discuss and give examples of what the post-acute organizations who are leading this movement are doing.

As a co-sponsor to the conference, NAHC non-attorney members and NAHC In-House Counsel members will receive a special discounted rate. To view rates, click here.

For detailed information on the brochure, program, education sessions, and the speakers, please click here.

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