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NAHC Report: Issue# 2479, 7/31/2014
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Home Care, Hospice Community Urged to Ramp-Up Grassroots Campaign over Congressional Summer Recess
Quality Improvement Organizations Begin Restructuring the QIO Program
For Your Information: FREE Hospice Teleconference on CMS’ Final Hospice Payment Regulations
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Home Care, Hospice Community Urged to Ramp-Up Grassroots Campaign over Congressional Summer Recess
NAHC members encouraged to contact their lawmakers to protect and improve access to home care and hospice

Congress adjourns for summer recess this week, and will not return until September 8. This provides many opportunities for home care and hospice grassroots action back in the lawmaker’s home states and districts over the recess. 

The following are issues that home care and hospice advocates may wish to raise with their Members of Congress over the recess, along with NAHC Legislative Action Network links that provide background information, talking points, and sample messages on each issue:

  • Suspend and reassess the Medicare home health payment rebasing rule -- Contact Your Legislators.
  • Reform the face-to-face physician encounter documentation requirements for home health services: 1) Ask Representatives to sign on House letter urging CMS to suspend physician narrative requirement – see NAHC Report, July 31, 2014; 2) Ask Members of Congress to support efforts to suspend enforcement and adopt final rule eliminating physician narrative requirement --  Contact Your Legislators.

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Quality Improvement Organizations Begin Restructuring the QIO Program

Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) have begun activities related to the restructuring the QIO Program that aims to improve patient care and  health outcomes, and to better coordinate QIO resources.

This first phase of the restructuring allows two Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care (BFCC) QIO contractors to support the program’s case review and monitoring activities separate from the traditional quality improvement activities of the QIOs. The two BFCC QIO contractors are Livanta LLC, located in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, and KePRO, located in Seven Hills Ohio.

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FREE Hospice Teleconference on CMS’ Final Hospice Payment Regulations
Teleconference held on August 13 at 1.00pm EST. First 300 registrants can participate

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Hospice Association of America invite you to a FREE Hospice Teleconference on CMS’ Final Hospice Payment Regulations titled "What Do the CMS’ Final Hospice Payment Regulations for FY 2015 and Revised Hospice/Part D Guidance Mean to You?"

On May 2, CMS issued proposed regulations to govern hospice payment for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015; these proposed regulations included numerous policy changes that would affect hospice organizations. It is anticipated that CMS will issue final rules at any time and this teleconference provides an opportunity for hospice stakeholders to learn CMS’ final decisions on these pending policy changes. Additionally, on July 18, in response to significant pressure from hospice organizations, beneficiary advocates, and Medicare Part D plans, CMS issued revised guidance related to its prior authorization policy for processing of drug coverage under Part D for hospice patients. This teleconference will cover key issues related to CMS’ revised guidance. Faculty will include: Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President; Theresa M. Forster, NAHC Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs and Katie Wehri, Hospice Operations.

Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

To Register: Please send an email to Cheryl Lee (crl@nahc.org ). The first 300 to email will participate, members will be given priority. The call-in number is 1-888-637-7740; the conference code will be emailed prior to the call.

Questions: We encourage advance submission of questions from participants or submission while the teleconference is live on the date of the broadcast. Should your question(s) not be addressed in the call due to time constraints, we will highlight in NAHC Report. Send questions to Barbara Woolley, at bdw@nahc.org.

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