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NAHC Report: Issue# 2434, 5/21/2014
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Registration for Hospice User IDs Now Available
Kaiser Family Foundation Report Discusses HCBS Utilization
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Registration for Hospice User IDs Now Available

Medicare-certified hospices will be required to complete and submit a Hospice Item Set (HIS) Admission record and a Hospice Item Set (HIS) Discharge record for each patient admission on or after July 1, 2014.  The completed HIS records are submitted to the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system.  

Hospice providers required to submit the HIS records must register for two separate user IDs: a CMSNet User ID and a QIES User ID.  The online registration applications for the CMSNet User ID and the QIES User ID are now available.

CMSNet User ID

Each provider is allowed two CMSNet User IDs which allows access to CMS’ private network where the QIES systems reside.

The CMSNet User ID registration is an online, self-registration process. 

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Kaiser Family Foundation Report Discusses HCBS Utilization

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a report titled Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Programs: 2010 Data Update (the Report).  The Report summarized utilization and spending data from three main sources of HCBS programs: the mandatory home health services state plan benefit; 2) the optional personal care services state plan benefit; and 3) the optional 1915(c) HCBS waivers. 

Not discussed in the Report were HCBS programs from the 1915(i) State Plan option, 1915(k) Community First Choice, Balancing Incentive Program, and Money Follows the Person. The Council discusses the Report’s key findings, providing approximate numbers in most instances. 

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Voting Begins for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Voting is now underway for Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program. Of the nearly 28,000 nominations submitted, the publication’s editors selected the top 300 names for the final ballot. Included on the final ballot is NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Voting is now open and people can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50% of the outcome; the other 50% will be based on the expert opinions of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare.

The combination of readers' votes and the editors' choices will determine the final ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, which will be published this summer.

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