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NAHC Report: Issue# 2451, 6/17/2014
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What ONC’s 2015 EHR Guidelines Mean for Home Health and Hospice Providers
Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits Studies Underway
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What ONC’s 2015 EHR Guidelines Mean for Home Health and Hospice Providers

ONC’s most recent request for comments (RFC) on the subject of their 2015 electronic medical records (EHR) guidelines has led to some confusion within the provider community – including home health and hospice providers. NAHC’s affiliated Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted public comments that are specific to the sections of the 2015 rule that were identified as priorities for the home care and hospice community. It is important to reiterate that there is no mandated HER requirement for home health or hospice providers in the proposed 2015 HER rule, which is voluntary.

The proposed 2015 voluntary EHR Certification Program includes a section on a proposal for a non-Meaningful Use EHR Certification program for Long-Term Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) providers. This provision serves as a bridge to support an ONC Certification program for home care and hospice EHR products that would be fully electronic except when a provider gives  a patient a hard copy of their summary care record.

HCTAA has also been engaging with the ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) on the development of a voluntary EHR certification program for LTPAC. HCTAA’s comments and recommendations are reflected in both the 2015 comments and also in comments provided to the HITPC Adoption and Certification Work Group in December of 2013.

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Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits Studies Underway

Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) announced that its 2014‑2015 HOMECARE and Hospice Salary & Benefits surveys now are being conducted.  Recognized as the standard for reliable and comprehensive compensation data for home health, the HOMECARE study is a cooperative effort between HCS and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).  HCS and NAHC encourage agency participation in this most important survey.

The HOMECARE Report will cover salary, hourly and per visit data on 63 jobs.  Data are reported by county, state, geographical region, auspice type, and revenue size. 

The Hospice study, which is a cooperative effort between HCS, NAHC, and the Hospice Association of America, will cover salary, hourly and per visit data on 63 jobs.  Data are reported by state, geographic region, auspice type, and revenue size.  Information on fringe benefits, shift differentials, and turnover rates are covered in both studies.

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Discount for Advance Registration Ends June 20 for the Financial Management Conference & Exposition

REGISTER TODAY to get the Early Bird Rate of $675 for NAHC Members. On June 20, the rate increases to $725.

You can also save on your hotel accommodations by staying at NAHC's official host hotel, the Chicago Marriott Downtown, Chicago, IL. Book your hotel room by July 6 to secure the discounted NAHC room rate of $239.00.

As always, the conference will provide the latest in financial management strategy and practical ideas. Take advantage of this chance to hear from industry leaders about how you can increase cost efficiency and enhance revenue. You’ll come away with ideas you can put into practice right away when you return home.

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