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NAHC Report: Issue# 2415, 4/23/2014
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CMS Introduces an Electronic Clinical Template for Physician Face-to-Face Documentation
National Council on Medicaid Home Care Hosts a “Call with the Experts” Teleconference
For Your Information: Changing Healthcare Delivery Track at NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exhibition
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CMS Introduces an Electronic Clinical Template for Physician Face-to-Face Documentation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a Special Open Door Forum that introduced participants to a suggested Electronic Clinical Template for the home health face-to-face encounter documentation.

The initiative is from of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework. The S&I Framework is responsible for developing standard electronic data sets for electronic medical records.

According to the presenters, the template is not intended to be mandatory for physicians, but is a data set that, when completed, will provide information required to satisfy the home health face-to-face encounter requirements. In addition, the completed evaluation will be a part of the medical record.  

A PowerPoint presentation, which described an overview of the project, was the focus of the Open Door Forum with no discussion of the contents contained within the actual template itself.   The template is several pages long - with many questions that require a description of the patient’s condition. It is doubtful that physicians will be any more receptive to the template than they are now to completing a narrative that describes the patient’s clinical condition to support skilled services and homebound status.

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National Council on Medicaid Home Care Hosts a “Call with the Experts” Teleconference
Recording Now Available Online

NAHC’s affiliated National Council on Medicaid Home Care recently held a “Call with the Experts” teleconference. The title of the presentation by Molly McGinn-Shapiro and Angela Lello – both of MACPAC – was, “Medicaid’s Role in Providing Long-Term Services and Supports.”

The presentation focused on many issues of importance to the Medicaid home and community-based service providers including: Fundamentals of LTSS; What Service are Covered; Who Uses LTSS; Influence on State Variations, and: Next Steps for Medicaid LTSS.

Information on replaying the “Call with the Experts” call is below. Please note that the recording is only available until May 17, 2014.

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Changing Healthcare Delivery Track at 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:

  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Changing Healthcare Delivery
  • Leadership

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

Evolving Payment and Service Models– Blessing or a Curse?
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), bundled payment, population health management, and other shifts in payment and service models create a fluid landscape for home health agencies – presenting one more challenge to leaders, but also possibly an opportunity to expand the scope of business and sources of revenue… Take advantage of this session to learn first-hand from financial leaders currently working with ACOs and bundled payment demonstration projects.

Home Care and Hospice’s Role in an Integrated Health System
This panel program of senior leaders from integrated health systems will discuss the growing and evolving role of home care and hospice in the new approaches to the delivery of care. The program will focus on what has worked and what has not. The lessons learned will include discussion of management, clinical, data, communication, and financial integration issues.

Accessing Capital:  Strategies for Funding Cash Flow Needs
To survive and thrive in today’s home care and hospice environment, access to capital may be a necessity.  Common strategies for success, such as initiatives for expansion, innovation in care delivery, and technology implementation, usually require a substantial investment of capital.  Increased compliance reviews and new regulatory requirements could delay payments and create the temporary need for cash to fund operations… This workshop will focus on creative strategies and alternatives for gaining access to capital to meet all your business goals.

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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