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NAHC Report: Issue# 2412, 4/15/2014
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New National Coordinator for Health IT Reorganizing ONC’s Working Groups
CMS to Begin Fingerprint-based Background Checks
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New National Coordinator for Health IT Reorganizing ONC’s Working Groups
New ONC Director Karen DeSalvo wants to transition the agency’s current workgroups into newer, “less siloed” workgroups

talked about ONC’s priorities moving beyond Meaningful Use – and in particular wanting to streamline the working group model to make them less siloed and more collaborative.

DeSalvo said, “We are pivoting to readjust to our smaller budgets and perhaps, over time, changes to the structure of our agency. We need to be very thoughtful about what are the core expectations from the American people about what we should focus on and do.”

ONC’s overarching priorities, DeSalvo said, would focus on the agency serving in more of a policy and coordinator function. She said that ONC will set a very high priority on health information exchange use and infrastructure, and will continue to work to reduce redundancy and reactive work in federal efforts.

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CMS to Begin Fingerprint-based Background Checks

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced its intention to begin finger print based background checks. Fingerprint-based background checks is a requirement, under §424.518, for any individual with a 5 % or greater ownership interest in a provider or supplier that falls under the “high” risk category. High level risk category providers, include newly enrolling home health agencies, newly enrolling durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers, and any provider and supplier that CMS has elevated to the high risk category.

CMS delayed the implementation of finger print background checks until now for logistic reasons and will phase it in beginning in 2014. Initially, not all providers and suppliers in the “high” level of risk category will be a subject to the fingerprint-based background check requirement. Once fully implemented though, the fingerprint-based background check will be completed on all individuals with a 5 percent or greater ownership interest in a provider or supplier that falls under the high risk category.

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Home Health Track Announced for NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exhibition

NAHC and its affiliated Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers’ Association (HHFMA) recently announced the educational sessions for its upcoming Financial Management Conference & Exhibition. The conference is being held July 13 – 15 in Chicago, IL.

This year, attendees have four different tracks to choose from – based on their and their agencies’ unique needs. The four tracks are:

  1. Home Health
  2. Hospice
  3. Changing Healthcare Delivery
  4. Leadership

Below are some of the highlights from this year’s Home Health track:

Home Health Cost Containment Strategies
Faced with Medicare rate cuts of 3.5% from rebasing in 2014 with additional cuts scheduled for the next 3 years alongside shifts to a managed care payment model, Home Health agencies need to find new sources of cost savings and operating efficiencies in order to survive… This program offers insights and ideas on successful ways to squeeze out even more efficiencies than you thought possible. 

Episode Management: Managing Clinical and Financial Outcomes Before They Occur
The success of care management in home health requires a shift in focus from making visits to managing episodes of care… Episode Management provides the structure for concurrent monitoring of clinical and financial outcomes while there is still influence of control during the episode.

Minimize Denials:  Practicing Effective Home Care Compliance
Agencies must put processes in place to ensure they compliance is monitored.  Learn the common documentation flaws and operational practices, including failure to conduct appropriate pre-billing audits, that could increase your compliance risk. 

To see all of this year’s Financial Management Conference Educational Sessions, please click here.

To register to attend this year’s Financial Management Conference, please click here.

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