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NAHC Report: Issue# 2458, 6/26/2014
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NAHC Urges Home Care and Hospice Advocates to Take Grassroots Action and Contact Their Members of Congress During the July 4th Recess
CMS Updates Home Health Claims Processing Manual
For Your Information: National Council on Medicaid Home Care’s Latest “Call with the Experts” Replay Now Available
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NAHC Urges Home Care and Hospice Advocates to Take Grassroots Action and Contact Their Members of Congress During the July 4th Recess
Message to Lawmakers should be: “Home Care and Hospice Promotes Independence of America’s Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities”

Members of Congress leave for their July 4 recess this Friday, June 27, and will not return to Washington until July 7.  This would be a good time for home care and hospice advocates to be in touch with their Members of Congress back home about home care and hospice issues. 

The message to bring to lawmakers during the July 4 recess is: “While we are celebrating our nation’s independence, let’s take this time to celebrate the role that home care and hospice play in maintaining the independence of our nation’s seniors and those who struggle with disabilities,  keeping them out of the confines of expensive nursing homes and hospitals and  in their homes and communities with friends and family. Let’s oppose putting barriers—such as payment cuts, copays, and unreasonable regulatory burdens like the face-to-face (F2F) physician documentation requirements—in the way of access to home care and hospice. And let’s remove existing barriers to access such as the requirement that only doctors, and not nurse practitioners and physician assistants, can order home health care.”

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CMS Updates Home Health Claims Processing Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service issued Change Request (CR) 8775, which makes a variety of changes to Pub. 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual. The changes to the manual are largely technical that fall into one of three categories. The manual updates do not make any changes to current claims processing policies.  

Clarification to Home Health Consolidated Billing (HH CB) Instructions. In 2003, Change Request (CR) 2705 made changes to Medicare systems to bypass services from HH CB editing when provided by a physician. CR 2705 provided a list of physician specialty codes that are used in this bypass, but the list was never included in the Medicare Claims Processing Manual. This CR adds this list to the HH CB section of chapter 10. It also makes some wording clarifications to better reflect how Medicare system edits currently enforce HH CB. Finally, this CR adds a new section to chapter 20, directing suppliers affected by HH CB to chapter 10 for additional information.

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National Council on Medicaid Home Care’s Latest “Call with the Experts” Replay Now Available

For those who wish to replay the recent National Council on Medicaid Home Care’s Call With the Experts, featuring an update on the Companionship Services Exemption and ACA Employer Mandate, the instructions to do so are listed below.

Conference: 8211725
Conference Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Conference Time: 2:23 PM  (Eastern Time)

Replay Information:
Replay Start Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Replay Start Time: 5:07 PM

Replay Dial-In Numbers and Passcode:
Replay Passcode 243487352

Dial-In Numbers
Toll - USA: (719) 457-0820
Toll - Canada: (647) 436-0148
Toll Free - USA/Canada: 888-203-1112

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