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NAHC Report: Issue# 2373, 2/14/2014
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OSHA Extends Comment Deadline on Proposed Illness and Injury Reporting Regulation
CMS Accepting More Proposals for its Bundling Initiative
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OSHA Extends Comment Deadline on Proposed Illness and Injury Reporting Regulation

The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing to amend its recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information employers are already required to keep under OSHA’s regulations for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses.

OSHA will require organizations that have 250 or more employees to electronically submit detailed injury reports on a quarterly basis. The proposed rule will also require organizations that have 20 or more employees in certain designated industries to electronically submit the OSHA summary form on an annual basis.

Additionally, OSHA will require all employers who receive notification from OSHA to electronically submit specified information from their injury and illness records to OSHA. The proposed rule does not add to or change any employer’s obligations under current regulations to complete and retain the injury and illness records.

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CMS Accepting More Proposals for its Bundling Initiative

CMS has reopened the opportunity for proposals in its bundling initiative for Models 2, 3, and 4. CMS is reopening its call for proposals due to the agency’s interest in getting a larger number of bundling demonstrations going as well as a wider variety of proposals.
Models 2 and 3 involve post-acute care services. NAHC encourages home health agencies to consider developing a proposal for the bundling initiative, as there is a significant push in health care policy to advance post-acute care bundling as a model of payment for the future.
Home healthcare is likely to be the beneficiary of that push as it can provide comparable care in the community that is much less expensive than institutional care.

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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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