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NAHC Report: Issue# 2410, 4/11/2014
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New QIO Cycle Provides Opportunities for Home Health Agencies
CMS Innovation Center Medicare Care Choices Model
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New QIO Cycle Provides Opportunities for Home Health Agencies

On August 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program will begin new improvement initiatives under its' 11th Statement of Work (SOW) for the next QIO contract cycle. Although, the 11th SOW has a strong focus on nursing homes and physician practices, it also includes opportunities for home health agencies.

Under one of the program aims: Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Improving the Health Status of Communities, the QIO program will be tasked with improving cardiac health and reducing cardiac healthcare disparities. Part of that task will include recruiting home health agencies to participate.

Recruitment will consist of non-profit and for-profit HHAs with a focus on those providers who manage patients with the greatest cardiovascular health needs and those most challenged to succeed in implementing evidence-based practices to improve cardiovascular health and support the Million Hearts® initiative.

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CMS Innovation Center Medicare Care Choices Model

The CMS Innovation Center held a webinar on April 9, 2014 to provide an overview of the Medicare Care Choices Model and application process.  CMS will soon be posting the slides from this webinar to the Innovation Center webpage.

More information about the Model can be found in the weekly Q&As on the Model released by the CMS Innovation Center.

There were several hundred participants on the webinar.  They shared concerns and questions with Project Officers about the breadth of services the hospice would have to provide under the Model, and how the payment of $400 per beneficiary per month seems too low to even cover the hospice’s costs.  The Officers clarified some of the responsibilities of chosen participating hospices and clarified some aspects of the Model.  There are still outstanding questions and the Officers encouraged participants to submit questions/comments. 

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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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