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NAHC Report: Issue# 2429, 5/14/2014
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NAHC/HAA Host Free Teleconference on CMS’ Proposed Regulation for FY2015 Hospice Payment and Policy Changes
CMS Will Apply May 1 Part D/Hospice Guidance through CY2015
For Your Information: Changing Healthcare Delivery Educational Sessions Announced for NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exhibition

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NAHC/HAA Host Free Teleconference on CMS’ Proposed Regulation for FY2015 Hospice Payment and Policy Changes

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliated Hospice Association of America (HAA) recently held a teleconference on the subject of CMS’ proposed regulation for FY2015 hospice payment and policy changes. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris led the teleconference, and was joined by Bill Dombi, NAHC’s Vice President for Law; Theresa Forster, NAHC’s Vice President for Hospice Programs, and; Katie Werhi, NAHC’s Hospice Operations and Regulatory Expert.

The call was offered to NAHC and HAA members free of charge, and covered a range of topics surrounding CMS’ proposed FY2015 regulations for hospices.

NAHC’s President Val J. Halamandaris started the call by asking the panel of experts what their initial reaction to the proposed rule was.

“This [regulation] was a bit of a surprise,” said NAHC Vice President for Law Bill Dombi. “CMS is very cautious about making changes to hospice…they are taking a deliberative path and they’re very serious about bringing oversight into hospice. [The proposed regulation] is driven by statistics and abnormalities and have highlighted all their areas of concern.”

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CMS Will Apply May 1 Part D/Hospice Guidance through CY2015

On May 9, 2014 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a memorandum to all Part D plan sponsors notifying them that CMS intends to continue the 2014 Part D hospice guidance issued on March 10 for calendar year (CY) 2014 through 2015. The memorandum is not yet available on the CMS hospice center web page. 

In the memo CMS explains, “It was our intention to undertake future rulemaking and had planned to proposed regulatory changes to be effective for coverage year 2015.  However, because many commenters on the December 6, 2013, guidance requested the opportunity to assist CMS in developing a standardized process for payment coordination between Part D sponsors and hospices, rather than propose changes we included in the 2015 hospice prospective payment system proposed rule a request for comments on the changes we are considering under Part D.  Therefore, the purpose of this memorandum is to announce our intention to continue the 2014 Part D hospice guidance through 2015.” 

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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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