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NAHC Report: Issue# 2406, 4/4/2014
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NAHC to Submit Additional Comments to MedPAC on Rebasing
The National Council on Medicaid Home Care Hosts a CMS Panel Discussion during the March on Washington
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the 2014 Financial Management Conference & Exposition
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NAHC to Submit Additional Comments to MedPAC on Rebasing
Additional comments are needed because MedPAC is still ill-informed and misguided with respect to the severe consequences that rebasing will have on access to and quality of home care services

Bill Dombi, NAHC Vice President for Law, recently attended a MedPAC session on the topic of home health rebasing. The session made clear that MedPAC still does not see rebasing as adversely affecting quality or access to home health care. To support that view, MedPAC staff offered flawed statistics that home health agencies will experience a net rate cut of just 1.6 percent by 2017 – or 3.6 percent if sequestration is considered. That cut level is calculated by offsetting the rebasing cuts with annual Market Basket Index inflation updates.

MedPAC staff explained that previous rate cuts have had little to no effect on Medicare margins, as home health agencies increased revenue per episode through case mix weight upcoding.

This analysis is nothing more than a retread of what MedPAC has said for years -most recently in its March report to Congress. The analysis continues the same flawed approach that ignores costs that home health agencies incur, such as telehealth, and further assumes that home health agencies will somehow find opportunities for further upcoding and cost reductions.

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The National Council on Medicaid Home Care Hosts a CMS Panel Discussion during the March on Washington

The National Council on Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC affiliate - held an educational session during NAHC’s March on Washington entitled “The Future of Medicaid: CMS Panel of Experts.” The session featured the following panelists:

  • Edo Banach, Senior Advisor, Acting Director, Models Demonstrations and Analysis Group, Medicare Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Dianne Kayala, Technical Director, Disabled and Elderly Health Program Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Ralph Lollar, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, Center for Medicaid, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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NAHC Announces the 2014 Financial Management Conference & Exposition
This year’s conference is being held July 13-15 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown in Chicago, IL

This year’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition will take place July 13-15 in Chicago, a hub for business and finance in the middle of the country. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) invite you to join them for three days of sessions and speakers that will offer new skills, techniques, and tools for financial mangers from the home care and hospice community.

Attendees will hear from industry experts whose knowledge and know-how are second to none. They’ll share insight into how to manage cases, access capital, and ensure compliance. This year’s Financial Management Conference will bring a special focus on technology - a key issue as home care takes on a central role in the evolving integrated health system based on patient-centered, high-quality, cost-effective care.

Register today to join your peers and colleagues in Chicago for one of NAHC’s most popular and informative conferences of the year.

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