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NAHC Report: Issue# 2439, 5/30/2014
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CMS Open Door Forum Examines Home Health, Hospice Issues
OIG Reports on Background Checks for Home Health Agency Employees
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CMS Open Door Forum Examines Home Health, Hospice Issues

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held its most recent Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on May 28, 2014.  Access to the recorded Forum is available through CMS’ Encore system by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and using conference ID code 71065438 beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern on May 28; the recording expires after 2 business days.

Below is a summary of the Forum.

QIO – Quality Improvement Organizations

Quality Improvement Program Transition Announcement

CMS currently contracts with 50 QIOs, one in each state.  The QIOs operate under a Statement of Work (SoW) that includes collaboration with home health agencies on various campaigns including care transitions and other quality projects.  QIOs also process appeals for discharge decisions and quality of care concerns. The 11th statement of work begins in August and is based on the CMS Triple Aim quality strategy: make health care better, better health care for populations, improve care by lowering costs.

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OIG Reports on Background Checks for Home Health Agency Employees

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued the results of an evaluation it conducted on criminal background checks for employees of home health agencies (HHA). The report identifies State background check requirements for HHAs and the types of criminal convictions that, under State law or regulation, disqualify individuals for employment by HHAs.

The survey found that, of the 50 States and the District of Columbia, 41 States require HHAs to conduct background checks on prospective employees. Of the 10 States that have no background check requirement, four States reported that they have plans to implement background check requirements in the future.

Thirty-five States specify convictions that disqualify individuals from employment, and 16 States allow an individual who has been disqualified from employment to submit an application to have his/her conviction(s) waived. The OIG believes the findings my help inform the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as it administers the Nationwide Background Check Program. The report may also be useful to States that are considering establishing or enhancing background-check requirements for HHA employees.

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Financial Management Conference Exhibit Space Still Available – Sign-Up Today!

Are you looking to market your company’s products and services to the home care and hospice community? If your answer is “yes” to this question, don’t miss this excellent opportunity to reach home care and hospice professionals from across the country at the Financial Management Conference & Exposition in Chicago.

This Exposition has sold out for the past several years. Once again the Financial Management Conference will focus on the hot topics for home care and hospice executives.

NAHC and FMC invite you to participate as an exhibitor and sponsor to develop contacts with CEOs, chief financial officers, administrators, supervisors, financial managers, special project coordinators, consultants, technicians and caregivers.
For more details, click here.

To contact NAHC’s Exhibit Department at 202.547.7424 or email at ree@nahc.org.

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