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NAHC Report: Issue# 2428, 5/13/2014
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NAHC Meets with CMS to Discuss Burdensome Face-to-Face Requirement
Former Senator Dole Honors Speaker Boehner
For Your Information: Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President, Salutes Nurses During National Nurses’ Week

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NAHC Meets with CMS to Discuss Burdensome Face-to-Face Requirement
Meeting an attempt to stave off a NAHC-led lawsuit against CMS on the F2F topic

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris and Vice President for Law Bill Dombi met on May 8 with the new Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Sean Cavanaugh, and a number of other CMS officials to determine if the industry’s growing concerns with the Medicare face-to-face rule can be resolved without resorting to a lawsuit in federal court. Earlier this year, the NAHC Board of Directors approved the filing of a nationwide lawsuit challenging CMS’s implementation of the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that Medicare patients have a face-to-face physician encounter in order to qualify for the payment of care.

NAHC has held off on filing the lawsuit to date as CMS indicated that it wanted to talk about a possible resolution of the industry’s complaints.  At the meeting, the serious concerns with the documentation requirements were expressed in depth. NAHC is focusing these discussions and the lawsuit on the documentation requirements because it will require Congress and the President to amend the ACA law itself to eliminate the face-to-face requirements overall.   

The immediate or near-term goals set for the CMS by NAHC include the elimination of the physician narrative requirement in the face-to-face encounter documentation. Since such a change would require CMS to amend the regulation, the interim goal is to have CMS suspend claim reviews and denials based on the narratives. Other changes such as the development of a model form, clarifications on the identity of the qualifying physician for face-to-face encounter certification, and potential elimination of the requirement for patients transferred from the hospital to home health care remain on NAHC’s broader agenda.

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Former Senator Dole Honors Speaker Boehner

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), a longtime ally of the home care and hospice community, CARING Award winner, and humanitarian, recently hosted an event for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). NAHC attended the event and participated in the Q&A portion of the agenda.

Mr. Dole served his state of Kansas as a Senator from 1969 – 1996 where he became the longest-serving Republican leader during his tenure. Mr. Dole has also been both the Republican vice-presidential and presidential nominee during his illustrious career.

Since his retirement, Senator Dole has remained active in politics and policy – having been appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007 to co-chair a commission looking into problems at Walter Reed Medical Center as well as continuing to be a tireless advocate for home care and hospice. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Caring Institute.

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Voting Begins for Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President, Salutes Nurses During National Nurses’ Week

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recently released a video statement praising nurses during National Nurses’ Week.

“We always celebrate nurses here at NAHC. Nurses are integral to everything we do. Home care depends on nurses,” Mr. Halamandaris said in his statement. “Honoring nurses is something that we should do every day. Without there help, there would be no home care, there would be no hospice. Lets say ‘God bless to all the nurses, we celebrate all that you do for home care and hospice during your special week and always.”

To view the full video, please click here.

To nominate a nurse for the nurse of the year, please click here.

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