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NAHC Report: Issue# 2402, 3/28/2014
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Hospice QRP Data Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014; Gearing up for HIS and HIS-related Clarifications from CMS
Senate Passes One-Year SGR Patch; President Obama Signs Legislation to Avoid Physician Payment Cuts for One Year
For Your Information: NAHC and HHNA Seek 2014 Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice
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Hospice QRP Data Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014; Gearing up for HIS and HIS-related Clarifications from CMS

As part of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set a hard deadline of 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2014, for reporting of data that will impact Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 payments.   As presented by CMS during the March 5, 2014 Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum (ODF), the FY 2015 Reporting Cycle consists of reporting on two measures: the structural measure and the National Quality Forum (NQF) #0209 pain measure collected during Calendar Year 2013.The Technical User’s Guide, posted on the Data Submission web page is the primary reference for the HQRP Data Entry and Submission Site for the FY 2015 Reporting Cycle. Please also refer to this User Guide for information on data collection and how providers will aggregate the NQF #0209 data.

Onward to HIS/CMS Provides Clarification

While hospice providers stopped collection of data related to NQF #0209 and the structural measure for the HQRP on Jan. 1, 2014, they should be gearing up for collection of data related to the Hospice Item Set (HIS); beginning July 1, 2014, Medicare-certified hospices must submit a HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge record for each patient admission occurring on or after July 1.

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Senate Passes One-Year SGR Patch; President Obama Signs Legislation to Avoid Physician Payment Cuts for One Year

Next week the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on legislation that would amend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to define full-time employment for purposes of the ACA employer obligations as 40 hours a week, rather than 30 hours a week as it is currently written.  This bipartisan legislation was first introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN).  NAHC has been advised that this legislation would be very helpful – particularly to private pay and Medicaid home health providers. 

There are two bills in the House that are identical to Senator Collins’ bill, H.R. 2575 (titled “Save American Workers Act”) and H.R. 2988 (titled “Forty Hours Is Full Time Act”).  H.R. 2575 is the one that will be voted on.  It is likely to pass the House as it has solid Republican support as well as some Democratic cosponsors.  NAHC would like to see as many Democrats support and vote for this bill possible in the House, as this would increase its chances of passing the Senate.      

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NAHC and HHNA Seek 2014 Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) are launching their third annual Nurse Recognition Program. They are now accepting nominations to honor and recognize home care and hospice nurses from across the country.

To nominate a nurse for the 2014 recognition program, please visit www.hhna.org or www.nahc.org

One nurse will be recognized from each state and one of those 50 nurses will be chosen as Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Home care and hospice agencies that are NAHC members may nominate any registered nurse to represent their state for 2014. Nominations will be reviewed by the Nurse Recognition Program Selection Committee.

“Our focus is highlighting the impact that nurses make day in and day out in homes across the country,” said Andrea L. Devoti, MSN, MBA, CHCE, and NAHC chairman of the board. “We have a unique opportunity to put a face on the industry.”

“We intend for these top nurses to serve as role models who will inspire their peers to become leaders in enhancing the quality of health care, preserving the standards of nursing, and expanding opportunities in the profession,” said Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, and chairman of HHNA.

The ongoing recognition program will collect stories of special home care and hospice nurses who have served their agencies by providing exceptional care, reducing hospital readmissions, and making a difference in patients’ lives. The selection committee will review all the nominees to choose those who best represent the ideals that are honored during National Nurses Week each May. The nurses will be highlighted in the May issue of CARING and have their registration fee waived at the NAHC Annual Meeting in October.

To nominate a nurse for the 2014 recognition program, visit www.hhna.org or www.nahc.org.
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