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NAHC Report: Issue# 2432, 5/19/2014
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Congressman Beto O’Rourke participates in home care visit in El Paso, Texas
Congress Faces Renewed Push to Improve PACE
For Your Information: Upcoming NAHC Trainings on Implementing the New Hospice Item Set

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Congressman Beto O’Rourke participates in home care visit in El Paso, Texas
Visit, arranged by Tender Care Home Health, provided insight into the caring, high-quality care that home care provides

Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) recently participated in a home care visit with Tender Care Home Health, a home care agency that serves patients in his District.  The visit offered the opportunity for the Congressman to see first-hand the importance and value of providing quality care in the home to Texans who need it most. 

“Ensuring necessary home care services are accessible is the solution to our rising healthcare costs.  Home care is a practical, cost-effective solution for many families and we hope Congressman O’Rourke uses his positive, first-hand experience to continue educating other Members of Congress on the value of our industry,” said Rachel Hammon, executive director of the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H). 

TAHC&H is working to educate Members of Congress from the Texas delegation through direct dialogue and experiences on how home care and hospice services provide essential access to health care for elderly, disabled and medically frail Texans.

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Congress Faces Renewed Push to Improve PACE

Overview

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a joint Medicare and Medicaid program that coordinates the care of seniors with chronic conditions, so that they can live in the community as much as possible. PACE integrates acute, preventative, primary, and long-term services and supports through an adult day care center.

The National Council on Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC affiliate – reports on recent developments withing the PACE program:

Recent Developments

On May 2, Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Chris Smith (NJ-04) introduced the PACE Pilot Act (HR 4543), which called for the streamlining of the PACE program. The bill called for budget neutral reform, “increased operational flexibility” and a reduction in “technical and administrative barriers.”

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Upcoming NAHC Trainings on Implementing the New Hospice Item Set

NAHC is offering the following webinar on IMPLEMENTING THE HIS at a single low rate of $125 per site – regardless of the number of participants you have in the room.

When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Register Here to reserve your space.

Summary

This informative session will review each component of the HIS implementation, the details of each measure and what hospices should include in and collect from their records as well as explain the intersection of HIS and QAPI.  This webinar will also list operational and procedural steps that will streamline implementation and maintenance.

Objectives

  • Brief HQRP update
  • Describe details of the HIS measures and data that must be collected
  • Review the components of HIS implementation and the timeframes for data collection/submission
  • Identify effective approaches to meeting the organizational and staff related challenges specific to implementation
  • Explain the intersection of the HIS and the QAPI requirements
  • List tips for smooth implementation and reporting

Presenters

Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC
Hospice Operations
National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Theresa M. Forster
Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs
National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Register Here to reserve your space.

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