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NAHC Report: Issue# 2493, 8/21/2014
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CMS Open Door Forum Explores Home Health and Hospice Issues

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum.  A significant portion of the ODF was dedicated to the recently finalized hospice payment rule for FY2015.  A summary of Home Health and Hospice issues covered is provided below.


OASIS C1/ICD-9 Webinar:  CMS will conduct a webinar on the OASIS C1/ICD-9 on Wednesday, September 3, from 2:00-3:30pm EST, as announced in the July 25 Survey and Cert letter. There is no registration for the webinar; it will be conducted on a first come first serve basis. CMS has reserved 1000 lines however the webinar is intended for both State survey personnel and home health providers. Participants are encouraged to sign in at least 20 -30 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. On the day of the webinar go directly to

Webinar materials will be forthcoming prior to the webinar on the OASIS training page. A recording of the webinar will be available several weeks after the webinar and also be posted OASIS training page.

CMS is awaiting the Office of Management and Budge (OMB) approval for the OASIS C1/ICD-9 item set. Until approval is received from OMB, the OASIS C1/ICD-9 form is a draft format. However, CMS does not expect that there will be any changes to the draft OASIS C1/ICD-9.

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mHealthNews Looks at the Intersection of Digital Health Technology and Aging at Home

mHealthNews, a prominent news website for the mobile health community, recently ran an article that looks at the synergy of aging at home and the rise of digital health technology. Entitled, Aging at home: A necessary synergy with digital health technology, the article looks at how to address the influx of Baby Boomers who would prefer to age in their own homes, and the rise of digital technologies that could make that goal possible.

The article mentions the Fostering Independence through Technology (FITT) Act, which NAHC’s affiliate Home Care Technology Association of America’s (HCTAA) worked to draft and get introduced in the Senate, as one step to help make digital technology more readily available to help an aging population get the care they need in their homes.

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