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NAHC Report: Issue# 2418, 4/28/2014
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Advocacy Center Decries Drug PA for Hospice Patients
USA Today Reports on the Effects DOL’s New Overtime Rules will have on Home Care
For Your Information: Underserved Populations Network Offers Two Free Webinars in May

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Advocacy Center Decries Drug PA for Hospice Patients
NAHC/HAA seek Reports of Part D Plan Issues

In a recent online alert - reprinted in its entirety below - the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) challenges as “illogical” and “immoral” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to mandate prior authorization under Part D for drugs prescribed for hospice patients. CMA equates the policies contained in the March 10 guidance, which takes effect May 1, to “burden shifting to the dying patient” under which the patient’s drug submission must first be rejected by the drug plan and the patient must actively pursue a coverage determination from the plan in order to secure coverage. CMA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliated Hospice Association of America (HAA) is working with CMA and other stakeholders to address the considerable problems associated with CMS’ Part D/ prior authorization policies.

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USA Today Reports on the Effects DOL’s New Overtime Rules will have on Home Care
Article first appeared in Pew’s Stateline Newsletter, NAHC’s Vice Chair Lucy Andrews is Quoted

A recent USA Today article, first reported by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline newsletter, focuses on the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule change. NAHC’s Vice Chair Lucy Andrews was quoted in the article.

A full reprint of the article is included below:

States Wary Home Care Worker Rules Could Cost Millions
USA Today, Apr. 25, 2014

A new rule from the Obama administration designed to provide better pay and working conditions to 2 million home care workers is forcing many states to rethink how they look at Medicaid payments and may result in higher Medicaid costs.

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Underserved Populations Network Offers Two Free Webinars in May

The Underserved Populations (UP) Network is hosting the following two webinars in May that may be of interest to the home care and hospice community:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 │ 3-4PM (ET)

Best Practices for Care Transitions: Engaging Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers

  • Overview of the opportunity to improve patients’ transitions out of emergency departments and urgent care centers—two healthcare settings not yet widely involved in care transitions QI efforts
  • Discussion of Rhode Island’s Safe Transitions Best Practices, with a focus on the emergency department and urgent care settings, and how home health agencies are an important part of the process
  • Sharing of lessons learned and strategies for sustainability

Guest Speaker:

  • Rebekah Gardner, MD
    Senior Medical Scientist, Healthcentric Advisors
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 │ 3-4PM (ET)

Alzheimer’s Disease: A New Way of Understanding for the Home Care Worker

  • Gain insight in to what is truly happening to the person with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia
  • Work from the "photo album” philosophy
  • Discuss techniques for better communication and strategies for maximizing care

Guest Speaker:

  • Jane Mark
    Consultant on Dementia Care,
    Sandwich Caring

Register now at: www.HomeHealthQuality.org/UP

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