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NAHC Report: Issue# 2513, 9/23/2014
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NAHC, MACs Issue Informational Resources on Hospice CR8877
Senate Special Committee on Aging Holds Roundtable Hearing on the Promises and Challenges of Telehealth
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NAHC, MACs Issue Informational Resources on Hospice CR8877

Since issuance of Change Request 8877 (CR 8877), Hospice Manual Update for Diagnosis Reporting and Filing Hospice Notice of Election (NOE) and Termination or Revocation of Election, hospice providers have raised numerous questions to which National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) staff have sought answers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Medicare’s Administrative Contractors (MACs). 

Following is a series of Questions & Answers that NAHC has compiled for use by hospice members.  Below the Q & A section there are links to CMS and MAC resources currently available relative to CR8877. 
This Q & A document will be loaded on the NAHC website in the near future. 

Please note: The responses provided to the questions below were developed with use of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Change Request (CR) 8877, as well as other official CMS correspondence and publications such as hospice manuals. For some of the questions we have included the direct response that was provided from CMS – these are referenced as “CMS Response” to minimize confusion.

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Senate Special Committee on Aging Holds Roundtable Hearing on the Promises and Challenges of Telehealth

Before the Senate adjourned for recess to prepare for the upcoming elections in November, the Special Committee on Aging held a roundtable hearing on the promises and challenges of telehealth – particularly its applications for an aging population. Former Senator John Breaux, who has worked with NAHC in his post-Senate career as well as being a member of the Alliance For Connected Care And Former Chairman Senate Special Committee on Aging, chaired the hearing.

“A larger and larger population living longer and longer means the care that they will require later in life is going to be a greater and greater challenge for us as a society,” said Senator Breaux in his opening remarks.

The hearings witnesses were:

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Last Week to Vote for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award

This is the last week to cast your vote for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Below are this year’s 10 finalists.

Please take a moment to read all oft these deserving nurses’ stories and cast your vote!

This year’s ten finalists, in no particular order, are:

  • Kathleen Lewis, Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Karen Schulkin, Professional Healthcare at Home, an affiliate of Kindred at Home in Pleasant Hill, California.
  • Debbie Ahlert-Caffey, Douglas County VNA, Kansas.
  • Greg Burns, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine, Maine.
  • Brenda Hensley, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Maryland.
  • Bonnie Schmidt, St. Rose Dominican Hospital's Home Health Services, Nevada.
  • Vickie Oliver-Rivera, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York.
  • Karen Marshall, Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, Ohio.
  • Mary Pistulka, Avera Hospice, South Dakota.
  • Joann Plencner, University of Virginia Health System's Continuum Home Health Care, Virginia.

To read about this year’s finalists, and to cast your vote for the 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year, please click here.

Registered Nurses and Hospice Staff

Renown Health, based in Reno, Nevada, is looking for experienced, supportive Registered Nurses and hospice staff.

In keeping with our commitment to providing compassionate and continuum care at every stage of life, we are opening Renown’s first-ever hospice program and we're looking for experienced RNs and hospice staff with at least two years of prior hospice experience.

Renown Health is northern Nevada’s largest integrated health network and a nationally recognized healthcare leader. Based in Reno, Renown serves a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. The Reno-Tahoe region holds a range of lifestyle options that spans from downtown Reno to the shores of Lake Tahoe. With over 300 days of sunshine annually, it’s easy to understand why so many people choose to explore the natural beauty of our region. Experience as much or as little as you want as you thrive in our small-town feel and friendliness and all the financial benefits that come from a state with no state income tax.

Learn more at: or contact Anne Larson, Recruiter, at 775-982-6306. EEO/M/F/V/D


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