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NAHC Report: Issue# 2501, 9/4/2014
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NAHC Submits Formal Comments to CMS on the 2015 Prospective Payment System Rate Update

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed rule entitled, “Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements, and Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Home Health Agencies.” This proposal includes the 2015 Medicare home health payment rates, outlier payment standards, and new CBSA designations for the wage index. It also includes significant regulatory proposals on the physician face-to-face encounter rule, modified requirements for therapy assessments, and new OASIS submission requirements along with a solicitation of input on a Value-Based Purchasing model and guidelines on when patients are unable to self-inject insulin.

NAHC provided comments on all of the CMS proposals.  


The 2015 proposed rule includes the second year phase-in of the most significant change in payment rates since the inception of the Home Health Prospective Payment System in October 2000. In its comments, NAHC expressed that over 57% of existing home health agencies (HHAs) will be paid less than the cost of care under the continuing rate rebasing. NAHC views the rebasing methodology to be inconsistent with the rate rebasing authority delegated by Congress to CMS, counter to the publicly available data set out in Medicare cost reports, and a vast regulatory overreach if the goal is to reset payment rates while maintaining access to essential services.

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CAHPS Survey for Hospices is Now Available

The Quality Assurance Manual for the Hospice CAHPS survey is now available on the Hospice CAHPS Survey website. The website can be found here.

The purpose of the quality assurance manual is to standardize the survey data collection process and to ensure comparability of data reported through the CAHPS Hospice Survey.

NAHC's Hospice Association of America is completing a thorough review of the Manual and will provide a summary in the near future.

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Hospice Educational Sessions at NAHC’s Annual Meeting
Pre-Conference on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at NAHC’s Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting features track-specific educational sessions, informative round table discussions and much, much more. Below are some of the sessions included in this year’s Hospice Track:

  • How to Ensure Compliance, Program Integrity, and More
  • How to Develop and Grow Successful Palliative Care Programs
  • How to Meet the Financial and Data Requirements of The New Hospice Report
  • How to Prepare for Hospice Payment Reform: Where it Stands and How Hospices Can Prepare

Visit the NAHC website for full descriptions and to register for this year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition.

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. 


  • 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


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