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NAHC Report: Issue# 2372, 2/13/2014
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NAHC’s Efforts to Postpone the Employer Mandate Results in More Progress

In early January, it was revealed that Medicare appeal hearings before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) would be facing significant delays due to a huge backlog of cases. On February 12, 2014, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) held a public forum to detail the extent of the delays and its plans for expanding its ability to handle the increased caseload.

While OMHA appears to be doing everything within its power to schedule and hold hearings as soon as possible, it is very apparent that significant changes are necessary to address the growing crisis. Even with all the initiatives underway at OMHA, there is no way the backlog of nearly a half million appeals can be cleared.

In her December 31, 2013 letter, OMHA Chief Administrative Law Judge Nancy L. Griswold indicated that at that time there were 457,000 appeals awaiting assignment to an ALJ with 15,000 new cases added to the backlog every week. OMHA has only 65 administrative law judges to hear all of its cases.

NAHC earlier learned that approximately 26,000 of the backlogged cases involve home health services. The vast majority of the rest are hospital and DME appeals.

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National Association for Home Care & Hospice Helps Lead Efforts to Celebrate Frederick Douglass’s Birthday

February 14 marks the 196th birthday of Frederick Douglass, notable statesman, orator, civil rights advocate, and former slave. To mark the occasion of his birth, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, who founded the Caring Institute and Frederick Douglass Museum, issued the following statement:

“Mr. Douglass is the quintessential personification of the American spirit,” said Val J. Halamandaris. “This is evident in the way in which he transcended his birth as a slave, taught himself to read and write, and became one of America’s greatest orators. His story is an inspiration to men and women around the world.”

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

Washington, DC, is the place to be this spring! Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice as we march for our profession and for the patients we serve.

NAHC will hold the 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition just steps from the White House and Capitol Hill. With so many pressing issues facing home care and hospice, participation in this year’s March is a must for all home care and hospice advocates.

The SGR bill will likely be coming to a head in Congress at the time that NAHC’s March on Washington takes place. Efforts to offset the cost of the bill pose a real and looming threat to home care and hospice providers.

NAHC strongly urges all its members to attend this year’s March. It’s a great chance to meet with your lawmakers and plead our industry’s case. We need to tell them why they should oppose cuts to home health and hospice payments, along with copayments, to fund the SGR fix.

While you are in DC you can attend cutting-edge courses in the areas of Medicare Home Health, Medicare Hospice, Medicaid Home Care and Private Duty. We urge you to take advantage of tips from NAHC staff and other experts in your field. We also hope you’ll make time to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival and see thousands of splendid trees in bloom.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC, on March 23-26, 2014!

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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