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NAHC Report: Issue# 2389, 3/11/2014
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Deadline to Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Fast Approaching
NGA Submits Medicaid Reform Proposals to Administration
For Your Information: Medicare Home Care Education Sessions Announced for this Year’s March on Washington
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Deadline to Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Fast Approaching

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service issued Change Request (CR) 8602 recently that allows for a small subset of Medicare claims submitters to test with MACs to demonstrate that CMS systems are ready for the ICD-10 implementation. This additional testing effort will further ensure a successful transition to ICD-10.

Each MAC will select 32 submitters to participate in the end-to-end testing. Testers will be selected randomly from a list of volunteers. At least five - but not more than ten - of the testers will be a clearinghouse. Submitters should be a mix of provider types, including home health and hospice providers.

On March 7, 2014, the MACs posted a volunteer form to their website to collect volunteer information with which to select volunteers. The form will provide information to verify that volunteers are ready to test, meet the requirements to test, and collect needed data about the tester (how they submit claims, what type of claims will be tested, etc.). Volunteers must submit the completed forms to the MACs by March 24, 2014.

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NGA Submits Medicaid Reform Proposals to Administration

On February 24, the National Governors Association (NGA) delivered its proposals for Medicaid reform to President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. These recommendations echo the NGA Health Care Sustainability Task Force Report (the Report), which the NGA approved February 22. The Council discusses the major provisions in the Report relating to Medicaid home care below.

About the Task Force

The Health Care Sustainability Task Force (the Task Force) is a bipartisan group of twelve (12) governors, including: Gov. Mike Beebe (D-AR); Gov. Robert Bentley (R-AL); Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA); Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY); Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R-SD); Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) (co-chair); Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT); Gov. John Kizhaber (D-OR) (co-chair); Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) (ex-officio); Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM); Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) (ex-officio); and Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-VT).

The staff advisory committee of the Task Force met from May through November 2013. The Task Force developed four key areas for recommendations to Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reform health care in the states.

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Medicare Home Care Education Sessions Announced for this Year’s March on Washington

The Home Care and Hospice community is at a critical point as new rules are being considered on Capitol Hill that could affect how home care and hospice organizations operate and pose a significant challenge to the mission to serve America’s aged, disabled, and ill.

Join NAHC, your peers and colleagues at this year’s March on Washington to make home care and hospice the center of health care in our country.

Along with legislative meetings and advocacy, this year’s March on Washington will have compelling educational sessions to provide home care and hospice advocate with the tools, skills and information that they need to make the strongest case possible for preserving access to quality home care and hospice services for all who need them.

This year’s Educational Tracks include:

  • Medicare Home Care
  • Medicare Hospice
  • Medicaid Home Care, and,
  • Private Duty

Some of the Educational Sessions for the Medicare Home Care track include:

  • Medicare Post-Acute Care Bundling: Is This the Wave of the Future?
  • Medicaid Rate Advocacy: Succeeding in Getting Fair Payment
  • 2014 Regulatory Roundup

To view all of the Medicare Home Care tracks, please click here.

To register to attend this year’s March on Washington, please 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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