Survey Results from NAHC/HAA Recent Teleconference on Proposed CMS Regulation for FY2015 Hospice Payment and Policy Changes Released
Survey conducted throughout the teleconference asked Hospice agencies questions on a range of pertinent issues
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.
“What’s interesting is what CMS did not do as part of this regulation. The organization did not put forth any payment reform changes and the regulatory changes that they are proposing are somewhat limited in scope,” said Theresa Forster, NAHC’s Vice President for Hospice Programs during the teleconference. “What is really significant is some of the tone that is used… They are concerned enough [by their research findings related to payment reform that their focus has shifted to] what they can do to beef up program integrity measures and hold off on payment reform until a later date.”
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. During the teleconference, several survey questions were asked of participants. The four questions that were asked focused on how hospices handle certain regulatory processes, and to gauge how well-prepared hospices are in meeting the challenges of that come with evolving and changing federal rules and regulations.
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