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NAHC Report: Issue# 2421, 5/2/2014
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Recorded Hospice Item Set (HIS) Technical Training Modules Available
Senior Groups Send Letter Opposing President’s Home Health Copay Proposal
For Your Information: Call For Speakers for the Financial Management Conference: Renewed

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Recorded Hospice Item Set (HIS) Technical Training Modules Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that Hospice Item Set (HIS) technical training will be available - beginning the week of May 5, 2014.

This training is for Medicare-certified hospices required to submit Hospice Item Set (HIS) records beginning July 1, 2014, for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).  

The Hospice technical training consists of a series of short, recorded WebEx modules that demonstrate the registration and submission process to hospice users. 

Information covered in these training modules includes:

  • Registration of two separate user IDs
  • Installation of the Juniper communication software
  • Submission of HIS record files to the QIES ASAP system and
  • Accessing the CASPER Reporting system to retrieve the Hospice Final Validation Reports

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Senior Groups Send Letter Opposing President’s Home Health Copay Proposal

In response to the President’s proposed FY 2015 budget, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) recently sent a letter to the President that included strong opposition to the President’s proposal to impose a home health copayment. 

The LCAO is a 68-member coalition of national organizations that is concerned with the wellbeing of America’s older populations, and is committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. The President’ proposed budget submitted to Congress included a provision that would impose a $100 copay on home health episodes not preceded by a hospital or nursing home stay, beginning in 2017 for new Medicare beneficiaries. 

“We oppose proposals to cut benefits or shift additional costs onto beneficiaries,” the letter states, “which ignore the widespread economic insecurity experienced by older adults and people with disabilities.  Half of the Medicare population live on annual incomes of $22,500 or less and already face significant out-of-pocket health costs.” 

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Call For Speakers for the Financial Management Conference: Renewed

The HHFMA Workgroup and Education Committee has completed the planning for the program content for this year's Financial Management Conference. As HHFMA has done for the past few years, speakers are currently being sought for the educational workshops.

This is different than a call for program proposals. The nature of the workshops is already final. What HHFMA is looking for is expert speakers to present the program subject matter. These programs, unless otherwise stated, can be panel programs or subjects presented in the standard speaker mode.

The complete program schedule and program descriptions are available at

HHFMA is particularly interested in hearing from people who can speak on the LEADERSHIP  and CHANGING DELIVERY SYSTEMS tracks. (Programs 103-403 and 104-404).

These programs present great opportunities for speakers with innovative ideas and experiences in handling the challenges that home care and hospice present to leaders. If you or someone you know would fit for these programs, it will be a great way to help the home care community at large.

If you are interested in presenting a program or want to recommend speakers for any of the programs, please submit the following directly to Bill Dombi, HHFMA Executive Director, at

  • Name and organization with which you are employed or affiliated
  • Program title and number that you are interested in presenting
  • Information on your background and expertise in the topic
  • Identification of other speakers who would join you on the program
  • Identification of previous speaking experiences

You can propose yourself or others for one or more programs. Up to 3 speakers for each program receive a complimentary registration for the full Financial Management Conference. NAHC/HHFMA does not cover any transportation, hotel, or meals expenses for the speakers.

The Financial Management Conference and Exhibition is being held in Chicago from July 13-15, 2014.

Registration is now open, along with complete hotel information, here.

All current HHFMA members who register on-line will get a $50 discount that is automatically calculated when you sign in as HHFMA members.  It will be an incredible conference in one of the most amazing cities in the world!

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