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NAHC Report: Issue# 2420, 4/30/2014
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HCTAA Submits Comments to Federation of State Medical Boards on their Flawed Telemedicine Definition
National Association of Medicaid Directors Asks Secretary of Labor to Delay Implementation of the Companionship Services Final Rule
For Your Information: Changing Healthcare Delivery Educational Sessions Announced for NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition

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HCTAA Submits Comments to Federation of State Medical Boards on their Flawed Telemedicine Definition

NAHC’s affiliated Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted comments to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) regarding their recently released definition of “telemedicine.” HCTAA’s comments detail the organizations’ objections to the new definition and make the case for why the definition is flawed.

HCTAA’s primary objection to the definition problem with their definition is that FSMB did not take into account either the need for:

  • Expanded definitions such as telehealth/remote patient monitoring or,
  • Expanded settings or,
  • Services that now can be provided through telehealth. 

Additionally, HCTAA objects to FSMB’s decision to exclude other healthcare providers - other than M.D.s – from the definition.

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National Association of Medicaid Directors Asks Secretary of Labor to Delay Implementation of the Companionship Services Final Rule

The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) recently sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez asking him to delay for 18 months implementation of its Final Rule, “Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service,” which was issued October 1, 2013.

NAMD is a bipartisan organization that represents Medicaid Directors in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, as well as US territories. The Final Rule is of particular interest to NAMD because state Medicaid programs are responsible for the financing, delivery and oversight of services that are at the heart of the FLSA rule change, specifically, “Medicaid-financed in-home services, particularly for individuals with extensive home care needs.” NAMD had previously advocated against the proposed rule changes because of the financial and care impacts on state Medicaid programs nationwide.

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Changing Healthcare Delivery Educational Sessions 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:

  • 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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