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NAHC Report: Issue# 2515, 9/25/2014
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CMS Reminds Hospices of the Completion and Submission Timeframes for Hospice Item Set Records
Senate Finance Committee Releases Section-by-Section Analysis of the IMPACT Act
For Your Information: Just Announced Education Credits Now Offered for Nursing Home Administrators and Assisted Living Administrators at NAHC Annual Meeting
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CMS Reminds Hospices of the Completion and Submission Timeframes for Hospice Item Set Records

As part of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), all Medicare-certified hospices are required to complete and submit a Hospice Item Set (HIS)-Admission record and a HIS-Discharge record for patient admissions on or after July 1, 2014. Hospices should complete and submit each record according to the timeliness criteria outlined below:

  • HIS Record Completion: The Completion Date is defined as the date all required information has been collected and recorded and staff have signed and dated that the record is complete. Hospices have 14 days from admission to complete HIS-Admission records and 7 days from discharge to complete HIS-Discharge records.
  • HIS Record Submission: The Submission Date is defined as the date on which the completed record is submitted and accepted to the QIES ASAP System. Hospices have 30 days from a patient admission or discharge to submit the appropriate HIS record for that patient to the QIES ASAP System.

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Senate Finance Committee Releases Section-by-Section Analysis of the IMPACT Act

The staff of the Senate Finance Committee recently released its analysis on the IMPACT Act, which passed both the House and the Senate before Congress Adjourned in preperation for the Midterm elections. The bill is awaiting the President’s signature.

For many years, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its Hospice Association of America (HAA) have supported greater frequency in hospice surveys. Currently, there is no set time frame for frequency of hospice surveys, and the average length of time between surveys for hospice providers is six to eight years. Some hospices have not been surveyed in over a decade. More frequent surveys are a step toward helping ensure hospice provider compliance with regulations and proper administration of the hospice benefit.

The IMPACT Act requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey hospices at least as frequently as every three years for the next 10 years. The legislation also corrects a legislative drafting error that has prevented implementation of an Affordable Care Act provision requiring medical review of hospices with a high proportion of long-stay patients.

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Just Announced Education Credits Now Offered for Nursing Home Administrators and Assisted Living Administrators at NAHC Annual Meeting

NAHC is proud to announce the addition of continuing education (CE) credits for Nursing Home Administrators and Assisted Living Administrators. These offerings, in addition to the CEs currently offered by NAHC for continuing education programs for Nurses, Accountants, Physical Therapists and Social Workers, provide an effective way to complete continuing education requirements, and get needed tools and insight to meet the challenges of the future.

Among the following programs that have been approved for credits for Nursing Home Administrators and Assisted Living Administrators are:

  • How to Leverage Care Management Services to Build Strategic Referral Partnerships
  • How to Establish Partnerships and Opportunities for Home Care Providers in Working with Medical Homes
  • How to Determine Objectives, Priorities and Effectiveness: Post-Acute-Care Compliance
  • How to Use Community-Based Connected Care for Chronic Disease Management: A Nontraditional Approach
  • How to Plan and Package Care Transitions: A Provider's Perspective

Join us at the NAHC Annual Meeting, Phoenix Convention Center, October 19 - 22, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ.

To view all education opportunities, click here.

To register for the Annual Meeting, 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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