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NAHC Report: Issue# 2441, 6/3/2014
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Survey Results from NAHC/HAA Recent Teleconference on Proposed CMS Regulation for FY2015 Hospice Payment and Policy Changes Released
HCTAA’s Executive Director Analyzes Wearable Technology’s Affect on Home Care
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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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HCTAA’s Executive Director Analyzes Wearable Technology’s Affect on Home Care

Keeping track of an aging parent’s health can be wearing when there are other demands on your time. It’s the challenge faced by 10 million members of the sandwich generation who hold jobs, take care of their parents, and raise families of their own. Fortunately, wearables can help care for seniors when their kids are not around. There’s now a wide range of devices, and more on the way, to do for the aged what wearables like those from Jawbone and Fitbit do for younger, healthier adults. One difference, of course, is that the seniors’ health concerns have much higher stakes. So family caregivers are now turning to wearable technology to watch over aging parents who wish to remain in their own homes.

The devices are designed to bring loved ones home though they live some distance away. They include fall detectors that fallers wear as pendants or bracelets. When a fall occurs, the senior presses an alarm button that wirelessly connects to an alert unit installed in their home, which notifies a remote monitoring center (such as Phillips Life Line or Medical Alarm.com) via telephone or broadband connection.

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Voting is Open 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.

Voting is open until June 13, 2014.

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