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Hospice Final Rule for Payment/Wage Index Published in the Federal Register
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Hospice Final Rule for Payment/Wage Index Published in the Federal Register
CMS also published Change Request 8877 that details implementing various hospice policy changes

The final rule for hospice payment/wage index was recently published today in the Federal Register and is now available online here.  

In addition to the Hospice Final Rule being published in the Federal Register – codifying the rule for implementation – CMS has issued Change Request 8877, which was referenced during the recent Open Door Forum and will provide additional detail about implementation of various forthcoming hospice policy changes, including the NOE/NOTR and diagnosis coding on claims.

Change Request 8877 is available on the CMS website here.

Included in this CR is a list of diagnosis codes that, when used as a principal diagnosis on hospice claims, will result in the claim being returned to provider.  NAHC’s affiliate Hospice Association of America is currently doing a comprehensive evaluation of the Change Request, and will share its findings in a future issue of NAHC Report.

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NAHC Meets with Congressman Langevin

Representatives from National Association for Home Care and Hospice recently met with Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) to familiarize him with a range of issues that are of importance to the home health and hospice community.

Congressman Langevin provides a unique perspective on the need to preserve affordable and accessible home health care. He is the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, and currently serves as a co-char of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. Mr. Langevin has served as the representative from Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District since 2001. During his time in office, Congressman Langevin has not only been a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and civil rights, but has also become a key voice on issues of national security, defense and intelligence – demonstrating both his range of interests and the respect he garners from his fellow Members of Congress on a diversity of different issues both national and personal.

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How to Insure Your Organization is Ready to Deliver the Home Care that Referal Sources Need
Pre-Conference on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at NAHC’s Annual Meeting

Sutter Center for Integrated Care faculty offer a one-day intensive, interactive, training session designed to solidify competencies for the successful implementation of the ICM-TOC program. The program will focus on person-centered, health literate care delivery and self-management support.

Specific competencies addressed by the course include:

  • Patient/family/ engagement – identification of patient needs, values, and preferences for care
  • Early identification of risk – screening for common barriers and interventions to mitigate risk
  • Medication management – with a strong focus on medication risk assessment and adherence
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration- highly functional team principles and effective care coordination
  • Leadership – creating a culture that is accountable for outcomes

NAHC Members get a $50 discount! Register today!

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