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NAHC Report: Issue# 2371, 2/12/2014
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NAHC’s Efforts to Postpone the Employer Mandate Results in More Progress
Next Hospice PEPPER Release to be Distributed Electronically
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NAHC’s Efforts to Postpone the Employer Mandate Results in More Progress

The Obama administration recently issued an IRS Final Rule that further delays parts of the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide health insurance for their workers. Employers that have fewer than 100 full-time workers will have one extra year - until 2016 - before the employer mandate takes effect. Companies that have fewer than 50 workers are already exempt from the requirement to cover their employees.

In response to the most recent delay to the Employer Mandate, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris commended the Obama Administration for "listening to the pleas of the American public - including the home care and hospice community - who very much want to see all American’s with access to health care."

Under the rule, employers of more than 100 full-time employees will need to cover 70 percent of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95 percent in 2016 or later or face a penalty. Obama administration officials said the change was a response to complaints about the law’s definition of a full-time worker as one who works 30 hours per week, rather than the conventional definition of a 40-hour work week.

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Next Hospice PEPPER Release to be Distributed Electronically

TMF Health Quality Institute is contracted with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to produce and distribute the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). To date, PEPPERs for hospices have been available only in hard-copy format.

TMF is developing a secure portal on the website to deliver PEPPERs to hospices. TMF anticipates the PEPPERs will be made available for download in late April 2014; they will remain accessible for approximately one year. To receive notification when the PEPPER is available and guidance on accessing the PEPPER, join the email list at (see the gray box on the upper right section of the Home page).

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CMS’ Hospice Item Set Training Videos Available Online

CMS has posted videos of its recent Hospice Item Set trainings that occurred February 4 and 5 in Baltimore, MD.

To access the most recent training videos, please click here.

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