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NAHC Report: Issue# 2514, 9/24/2014
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Senators Urge Delay in the Department of Labor’s New Companionship Exemption Rule
GAO Report: Medicare Contractors Should Coordinate More in Hunt for Improper Payments
For Your Information: Join Ric Edelman at NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition for a Free “Mind Over Money” Seminar for Caregivers
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Senators Urge Delay in the Department of Labor’s New Companionship Exemption Rule

Last Thursday, Senators Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) began circulating a letter that asks the Secretary of Labor to delay the effective date (January 1, 2015) of the new companionship exemption rule. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have since added their names to the letter.  

The Senators have asked for NAHC’s help is garnering support for the letter and the proposed delay in the companionship exemption rule. Please urge your Senators to sign on the Johanns/Alexander letter seeking a delay in the implementation of the new companionship rule. A copy of the letter and an informative one-pager are available for download at the bottom of this article.

For contact information, please click here: Contact Your Elected Official. When calling, ask the receptionist to connect you with the staffer who handles labor issues.  If the staffers say they have not seen the letter, offer to forward it to them.  

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GAO Report: Medicare Contractors Should Coordinate More in Hunt for Improper Payments

As reported recently in CQ HealthBeat, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Increased Oversight and Guidance Could Improve Effectiveness and Efficiency of Postpayment Claims Reviews, found that Medicare contractors hired to prevent Medicare from paying needlessly for services sometimes overlap in their efforts.  GAO found that there has not been enough guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to prevent overlap in the work of the four kinds of businesses used to check for improper payments.

The GAO recommends that CMS take actions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of contractors’ postpayment review efforts, which include providing additional oversight and guidance regarding data, duplicative reviews, and contractor correspondence. That step would spare doctors, hospitals and other providers of health services from duplicate reviews. 

Medicare, which pays for health services for more than 50 million elderly and disabled Americans, is one of the largest expenses of the federal government, with an expected outlay of $595 billion for the current budget year, GAO said. As much as $36 billion of Medicare spending may go to improper payments. To combat this kind of loss, CMS relies on four different kinds of contractor. Providers of health services have told lawmakers that they have concerns about the consistency and accuracy of this complex audit process. 

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Join Ric Edelman at NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition for a Free “Mind Over Money” Seminar for Caregivers
Session being held Monday, October 20th at 2:30pm

Join award-winning Financial Advisor Ric Edelman for his free special seminar, “Mind Over Money”, at the NAHC Annual Meeting and Exposition. The seminar will teach caregivers how to improve your financial decision-making.
 
Are you careful or impulsive? Confident or anxious? Do you favor safety or risk? Now, medical science and academic research reveals why we make so many mistakes with our every-day financial decisions – from choosing investments to buying clothes on sale.

In this fun and informative session, Ric reveals why we handle money the way we do and shows you how to make better financial decisions in the future.

To register for the free “Mind Over Money” Seminar, 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: http://careers.renown.org/ or contact Anne Larson, Recruiter, at 775-982-6306. EEO/M/F/V/D

 

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