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NAHC Report: Issue# 2386 3/6/2014
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CMS ODF Highlights Pending Home Health, Hospice Issues
Governors Spouses Meet at Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame
For Your Information: Early Bird Rate Extended: Book Your March on Washington Hotel Room by March 7 to receive a Special NAHC Discounted Rate
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CMS ODF Highlights Pending Home Health, Hospice Issues

CMS held a Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum (ODF) on March 5, 2014.  A summary of the items discussed that impact home health and hospice agencies is below.

Home Health

Change Request (CR) 8539 has an April 1, 2014 effective date (dates of service).  This CR adds some HCPCS codes to the non-routine supply list and replaces the speech therapy code 92506 with four more specific speech therapy billing codes.

MLNMatters Article SE1410 was re-released on March 4, 2014.  This special edition MLNMatters article provides instructions for ICD-10-CM coding on home health claims with episodes that span October 1, 2014. 

Due to a change in how LUPA add on payments are calculated several new fields needed to be added for claims processing and the PC Pricer software updated. The updated software is available on the CMS website but the corresponding User Manual is not yet revised. It is expected that the revised User Manual will be up on the CMS website within two weeks.

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Governors Spouses Meet at Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame

The National Governors Association Governors’ Spouses Program recently held its winter meeting at the Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame. The meeting provided a chance for the spouses to learn about the museum from Richard D. Brennan, NAHC’s Vice President for Technology Policy and the Caring Institute’s Managing Director. Attendees also heard from Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen. Curtin assumed leadership of the nonprofit from Robert Egger, a former Caring Award winner and founder of the kitchen. This renowned Washington institution is America’s leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

DC Central Kitchen’s success in combating hunger and creating opportunity earned Egger induction into the Caring Hall of Fame. Its achievements also hold vital lessons for governors’ spouses, who have long been active in raising awareness about the nation’s most pressing social concerns. Taking advantage of their unique positions, governors’ spouses spearhead statewide initiatives and collaborate with other community groups or national organizations to improve the well-being of people who live in their states. They also foster effective partnerships among the public and private sectors and a diverse mix of organizations in communities across the country and the world. The achievements of these initiatives and public education campaigns — whether in support of early childhood immunization, family literacy, volunteerism, or housing for needy families — would not be possible without the leadership and commitment of our nation’s governors’ spouses.

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Early Bird Rate Extended: Book Your March on Washington Hotel Room by March 7 to receive a Special NAHC Discounted Rate

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC, for the March on Washington Conference & Exposition! Act now if you have not yet reserved your hotel room at the historic Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. The discounted NAHC room rates of $289 or $389 are only good until Friday, March 7. They’ll guarantee you accommodations at this landmark hotel in the District’s vibrant heart at 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20036.

To make Hotel Reservations: The NAHC Discount Rate is $289.00/night (single/double) or $389.00/night (suite), click here.

To view the updated conference agenda, click here.

Physical Therapist or PTA

NORTH IDAHO – Ski renowned Schweitzer Mountain, play on the shores of picturesque Lake Pend Oreille, and live in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho.   Bonner General Hospital ~ where our mission is "To provide excellence in Healthcare close to home" ~ is seeking a Physical Therapist or PTA to join our progressive Rehabilitation Home Health team.  We are recruiting to fill a full and part-time position; State of Idaho license and prior experience as a PT or PTA required. 

BGH offers a comprehensive benefit package, including PTO, employer paid medical and dental coverage, retirement savings and competitive wages.  

A completed BGH Employment Application is required for consideration; an application and full job description is available at www.bonnergeneral.org

We look forward to hearing from you!  Please visit us online at www.bonnergeneral.org 

BGH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Private Duty Nursing Supervisor

We have an opening for a Private Duty Nursing Supervisor in St. Louis, MO. Must have current Missouri RN license, at least two years of private duty nursing experience with medically fragile patients, and one year of private duty supervisory experience. The position is full time, Monday through Friday.

Responsibilities include:

- Creates Plan of Care. Documents patient status in an accurate, timely and concise manner and reviews all documentation for accuracy and completeness
- Competent and knowledgeable in performing baseline-nursing skills. Knowledge in wound care, tube feedings, tracheotomy care, catastrophic injury care, pulmonary care, ventilator care, spinal cord injury care, seizure disorder care, catheter care, and diabetes care strongly encouraged
- Communicates effectively with patients, families and physicians and other team members
- Demonstrates organization and leadership abilities by effective use of time and personnel through supervision and teaching.
- Maintains a committed and cooperative attitude with staff, promoting teamwork and harmony by readily assisting other staff and patients.
- Supervises employee at recerts, and supervises each employee annually and PRN.
- Maintains Recert/Evaluation calendar

We are a solid company and offer an attractive salary and benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, vision-care plan, life insurance, and paid personal and vacation time. Please send resume to ConfidentialPrivateDutyNursing@gmail.com.


Private Duty Staffing Coordinator

Immediate opening for a Private Duty Staffing Coordinator in St. Louis, MO. We are looking for someone with a minimum of one year private duty nursing scheduling experience at a licensed homecare agency. The position is full time, Monday through Friday.

Responsibilities include:
- Record intake from prospective clients
- Obtain availability from nursing and aide field staff
- Coordinate private duty clients' needs with medical staff availability
- Assign nurses and aides to service patients
- Communicates effectively with patients, families and medical staff
- Maintains a committed and cooperative attitude with patients and staff

Job Requirements:
- Minimum of one year experience in private duty nursing scheduling
- Great interpersonal and telephone skills
- Strong organizational, time-management and computer skills
- Ability to multi-task
- Must be detail oriented and pleasant

We are a solid company and offer an attractive salary and benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, vision-care plan, life insurance, and paid personal and vacation time. Please send resume to ConfidentialPrivateDutyNursing@gmail.com.

For information about placing an ad, contact Scott Baum at ads@nahc.org.

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