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NAHC Report: Issue# 2447, 6/11/2014
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ARTICLE ARCHIVES MEMBER RESOURCES eNEWSLETTERS CARING STORE
NAHC Seeks Input on Provisions Contained in CMS’ Proposed Hospice Payment Rule
Caring Award Winner Looking to Become First Woman Elected to the Senate from Georgia
For Your Information: NAHC’s Affiliate National Council on Medicaid Home Care will Host “Call with the Experts” Teleconference on June 24
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NAHC Seeks Input on Provisions Contained in CMS’ Proposed Hospice Payment Rule

On May 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed regulation, Medicare Program; FY 2015 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements and Process and Appeals for Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice. The proposed regulation included the following:

  • Estimates of applicable FY2015 hospice payment rates;
  • Several hospice policy changes; and
  • Requests for comment on other policy changes that CMS could consider as part of future rulemaking.

CMS will accept comments until COB on July 1.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is soliciting input on four specific issues that CMS has put forth as part of the proposed rule. Those issues are:

  1. A definition for "terminal condition" that CMS may consider for use in future rulemaking
  2. A definition for "related conditions" that CMS may consider for use in future rulemaking
  3. A proposed deadline for filing a hospice Notice of Election (NOE) and Notice of Termination or Revocation (NOTR) with the MAC
  4. A requirement that a hospice patient (or representative) affirm their choice of attending physician on their election statement and affirm any change in attending physician, as well.

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Caring Award Winner Looking to Become First Woman Elected to the Senate from Georgia
Michelle Nunn seeking the seat her father held for 24 years

Michelle Nunn, a 2002 Caring award winner, is seeking to reclaim the Georgia Senate seat that her father, Sam Nunn (D-GA) held for 24 years. If she is successful, the will become the first woman elected to the Senate from Georgia, and the first Democrat to win statewide office in the state since 1998.

“I know things can be better,” Michelle Nunn said when she entered the Georgia Senate race. “Some people ask me, with all the dysfunction in Washington, why I’m running for the Senate. In the end, I think it comes down to being an optimist. While leading President Bush’s Points of Light Foundation, we grew it into the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. I’ve seen the power of individuals to work with businesses, charitable and religious organizations to make change…Wherever I go in Georgia, people speak of their frustrations with what’s not happening in Washington, that there is a focus on fighting instead of getting things done. Í believe in the power of individuals to create change when they join together.”

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NAHC’s Affiliate National Council on Medicaid Home Care will Host “Call with the Experts” Teleconference on June 24

NAHC’s Affiliate National Council on Medicaid Home Care will host it’s next “Call with the Experts” teleconference on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST.

This is a regular call hosted by the Council where subject matter experts provide valuable information on crucial issues facing Medicaid home care.

The focus of the June call will be an update on the Companionship Services Exemption and the ACA Employer Mandate advocacy effort. Bill Dombi will update members on the recently filed lawsuit regarding the Companionship Services Exemption as well as progress with the ongoing advocacy efforts to delay the implementation of the ACA Employer Mandate. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

This teleconference is set for Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 3:00PM-4:00PM EST. The teleconference is open to all Medicaid Council members without charge. Feel free to include any and all of your staff. The teleconference will include two-way communication capabilities.

 To access the teleconference:

Call-in: 877-722-1471

Passcode: 1189334780
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