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NAHC Report: Issue# 2503, 9/9/2014
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Navigating the New Hospice Cost Report

Editor’s Note:  Special thanks to Simione HealthCare Consultants, authors of the following article regarding changes to the hospice cost report, for permission to reprint the article in its entirety.  This article contains material that was presented by Robert J. Simione, Managing Principal of Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC, on September 4, 2014, as part of the NAHC teleconference, “What Do CMS’ Hospice Cost Report Changes Mean to You?”  A replay of the teleconference is available here.

On August 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the new cost report requirements for freestanding hospice organizations. As a result, freestanding hospices will no longer complete the Form CMS 1984-99, but rather the Hospice Cost Report Form CMS 1984-14. Significant changes also include new forms that need to be completed, and more detailed financial reporting to capture required data.

The implementation date for the new cost report is for cost reporting periods beginning on or after October 1, 2014.

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Minnesota Personal Care Workers Vote to Unionize

On August 26, 27,000 personal care workers in Minnesota voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), or SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. While only 5,872 of the 27,000 eligible to vote did so, 60 percent of the 5,872 (3,543) voted to join the union. There are a total of 109,000 personal care workers in Minnesota.

According to the Wall Street Journal, SEIU now “represents 600,000 home-care workers in about 20 states, nearly a third of its 1.9 million members.” As described below, this organization of home care workers in Minnesota is based on a consumer-directed model of care.

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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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