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NAHC Report: Issue# 2407, 4/8/2014
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Effort Led by NAHC’s Hospice Association of America and 40 State Associations Yields Positive Change in CMS Hospice Vaccine Billing Requirements
Summary of the FDASIA Health IT Report: Proposed Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk-based Framework
For Your Information: Medicare Care Choices Model: Introduction and Application Process
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Effort Led by NAHC’s Hospice Association of America and 40 State Associations Yields Positive Change in CMS Hospice Vaccine Billing Requirements

As reported previously, NAHC’s Hospice Association of America (HAA) and members of the Forum of State Associations (FSA) recently joined together to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to change existing policies that require hospice organizations to enroll as Part B suppliers in order to bill preventive vaccines for hospice patients.

HAA and FSA members recommended an alternative policy: allowing hospices to bill for vaccine services on an institutional claim.

In a joint letter to CMS, HAA and the state associations cited regulatory burdens and inconsistency in policies as justification for reconsideration of current policies.

On April 7, 2014, HAA received a response from CMS indicating that CMS agrees with the recommendations made in the joint letter.

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Summary of the FDASIA Health IT Report: Proposed Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk-based Framework

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a report outlining a draft strategy and recommendations for a “risk-based” regulatory framework for health IT, as required by Section 618 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act FDASIA.

The draft health IT report categorizes health IT into three broad categories based on functionality. Because the Agencies used functionality as the sole criteria for grouping various types of health IT together, the draft report applies to technologies hosted on a variety of platforms, including mobile, cloud-based, and installed products. The report does not address or discuss the differences in technologies used across the care spectrum. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to the Agencies by July 7, 2014. The Agencies also intend to hold a public meeting within the next several months to discuss the draft report.

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Medicare Care Choices Model: Introduction and Application Process CMS Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a webinar opportunity for hospice providers and other stakeholders to gain an introduction to its Medicare Care Choices Model under which CMS will select 30 hospices through which to test concurrent delivery of curative and palliative care services.

Details of the webinar are below:

Medicare Care Choices Model - Introduction and Application Process

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
2:30 – 3:30pm Eastern
How to Join: Access the webinar via this link or
Call in:  1-877-267-1577
Meeting number:  998 133 231

The Medicare Care Choices Model will provide a new option for Medicare beneficiaries to receive palliative care services from certain hospice providers while concurrently receiving services provided by their curative care providers. CMS will evaluate whether providing hospice services can improve the quality of life and care received by Medicare beneficiaries and increase patient satisfaction via this model of care. 

For more information on the model, please visit the Medicare Care Choices Model web page.

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