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NAHC Report: Issue# 2498, 8/29/2014
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NAHC Board Elections to be Held in September
Home Care Medicaid Fraud Developments in New York, Rhode Island, and Louisiana
For Your Information: What Do the CMS Hospice Cost Report Changes Mean to You?
Join The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Hospice Association of America for a FREE Teleconference that Explains the Changes
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NAHC Board Elections to be Held in September

In the month of September the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) membership will have the opportunity to vote for their representatives on the NAHC Board of Directors.  To ensure continuity, the NAHC bylaws specify that half of the NAHC Board is up for election each year.  Any NAHC member in good standing can run for election to the board or its nominating committee.

The NAHC Board of Directors has the responsibility for making policy decisions and has the responsibility of preserving and protecting NAHC’s assets.

This fall, all NAHC members will have a chance to vote for the position of chairman and secretary as well as for the members of the NAHC Nominating Committee.  Candidates for chairman, who presides over the board, must have prior board experience.  The secretary is responsible for keeping minutes of board meetings; any member can run for the post.

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Home Care Medicaid Fraud Developments in New York, Rhode Island, and Louisiana

The National Council on Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC affiliate - reports on recent developments in home care Medicaid fraud and abuse, including: 1) alleged independent caregiver fraud in New York; 2) alleged home care agency fraud in Rhode Island; and 3) alleged personal care owner/operator, employee and beneficiary fraud in Louisiana.

New York
On August 20, the New York Attorney General’s Office charged Alicia Santiago for billing Medicaid for services not rendered. The charges allege that Ms. Santiago submitted fraudulent time sheets totaling almost $4,000 to Innovative Care, LLC., who then in turn billed Medicaid. Ms. Santiago was paid approximately $1,800 for these alleged services.

The charges further allege that while Ms. Santiago’s time sheets from November 2012 to April 2013 indicate that she was providing 186 hours of night shifts for home care services for a family member, in fact during these times she was working as a certified nurse aide (CNA) at a nursing home.

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What Do the CMS Hospice Cost Report Changes Mean to You?
Join The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Hospice Association of America for a FREE Teleconference that Explains the Changes

Join your peers, colleagues, and NAHC hospice subject matter experts for a free teleconference entitled, “What Do the CMS’ Hospice Cost Report Changes Mean to You?” The teleconference will be held on Thursday, September 4, 201 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST.

In April 2013 CMS proposed sweeping changes to the cost report under which hospices would be required to collect data related to costs in much greater detail and by levels of care. The changes will require that hospices significantly expand the manner in which they recognize costs in their accounting records. CMS just released the final hospice cost report changes and they will apply to freestanding hospices with cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2014.

Register today, as space is limited.

FACULTY: Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President; Theresa M. Forster, NAHC Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs; Katie Wehri, Hospice Operations with special guest Robert J. Simione, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants LLC.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Please send an email to Cheryl Lee (crl@nahc.org). The first 300 to email will be able to participate. NAHC/HAA members will be given priority. 

The call-in number is 1- 800-289-0459; 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.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Strong Home Care Group, Inc. (SHCG) is the sole member of the certified agency Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc. (VNS) and of the licensed agency Signature Care (VNSC). In turn, VNS is the sole member of the licensed agency Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. (FLVNS) and the licensed agency Finger Lakes Home Care, Inc. (FLHC). The combined agencies serve seven (7) counties  

Job Description:  Strong Home Care Group, Inc. seeks a dynamic, strategic, and visionary leader for the five corporations.  The President and CEO is accountable for assuring that home and community-based services meet the strategic needs of UR Medicine and aspire to set national benchmarks for patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost efficiency. 

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a health-related or business field. Must have 5-10 years of progressive experience in leadership management. 
  • Experience within a health system and/or academic medical center.
  • Demonstrated success as a visionary thinker with the ability to plan for the future and to execute action plans.
  • Expert knowledge of the home care and health industry. 
  • Knowledge of regulatory and The Joint Commission accreditation requirements.

Qualified candidates please send resume to:

Human Resources
2180 Empire Blvd.
Webster, NY 14580

Fax: 585-787-8369

vnsrecruitment@vnsnet.com

www.vnsnet.com

 

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