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NAHC Report: Issue# 2487, 8/13/2014
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Advocacy in August Tips for Success: Invite Your Member of Congress on a Home Health Visit
CMS Reissues Instructions for Denials on Related Claims
For Your Information: Voting Open through September 30 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year
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Advocacy in August Tips for Success: Invite Your Member of Congress on a Home Health Visit

"Tell your senators [and representatives] about the compassionate care you provide and the budgetary problems you face… Invite your elected officials go out on a home visit with you,” said home care and hospice champion Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) at the Home Care & Hospice March on Washington earlier this year.

Senator Collins cites her experience going on a home visit with a home care advocate in Maine for why she is such a strong supporter of the home care and hospice community. NAHC members will be hard-pressed to find a better way to ensure that their Members of Congress understand the importance of home health care in communities across America than asking them to come along to see your agency's field staff visiting your patients in their homes.

This is an extremely compelling way to ensure that your elected officials are informed about the benefits of home health care. Home health visits also create an opportunity for you to write about and take photos of the event and/or invite your local news media along to cover the story.

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CMS Reissues Instructions for Denials on Related Claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request (CR) 8802 that allows the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs) the discretion to deny payment on claims that are related. CMS defines a “related” claim as one where the documentation associated with one claim can be used to validate another claim.

Related claim issues are subject to CMS approval prior to the contractor’s initiating a related claim review. In addition, the MACs and ZPICs must post the related claim issue for review on their web site review within one month of initiation. The Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) may also conduct related claim reviews but these contractors are already subject to CMS approval of claim review issues and are required to post the approved issues on their web site as part of their Statement of Work.

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Voting Open through September 30 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) recently announced the top 10 finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Now NAHC and HHNA invite their members, affiliated state associations, and the general public to visit NAHC’s website and vote for this year’s winner. The 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will be announced at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 19 - 22, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
When the meeting convenes, the top nurse and nine final contenders will come before NAHC members and get the recognition they deserve. “It is most appropriate that we make the effort to identify and celebrate the best among us, the nurses who distinguish themselves by the size of their hearts, by their professionalism, and by their work ethic,” said Andrea L. Devoti, RN, chairman of the NAHC board of directors. “Our focus is to highlight the impact that nurses make day in and day out in homes across the country, despite the challenges they face,” she explained. “And it’s time for the public to honor nurses and thank them for all they contribute,” added Elaine D. Stephens, RN, NAHC executive Vice President and current chairman of HHNA. “This is our chance to remind everyone how hard it is for nurses to do their vital work while facing senseless cuts in reimbursement.”

An expert committee chose 50 state winners, and narrowed them down to 10 top contenders, based on an essay about each nurse and thoughtful evaluation of their credentials. These 50 state nurses are featured in CARING online and will be invited to the NAHC Annual Meeting. Their registration fees will be waived, and they will be honored at a reception. The top 10 contenders will receive a $70 gift certificate from Hopkins Medical Products, now marking 70 years in business. The one who is chosen Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will have their travel and hotel expenses paid, and receive a new Apple iPad along with a $140 gift certificate from Hopkins Medical Products.

The winner will also serve as a symbol of what nurses can do, and we need you to help pick this special nurse. To view the top 10 honorees, click here. Cast your vote for one of these 10 nurses who inspire us by their commitment to patients and love for their work.

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