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NAHC Report: Issue# 2529, 10/16/2014
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Action Needed on Important Employer Mandate Bill
Why A Check-Up On Your Home Health Compliance Plan Is A Good Idea
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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Action Needed on Important Employer Mandate Bill
Several more Representatives have signed on as cosponsors, but more advocacy is needed to recruit more cosponsors before bill can get a vote

NAHC is urging all of its members to ask their Representatives to support an important employer mandate bill, H.R. 5098, that was introduced by Rep. Daines (R-MT). Previously, NAHC Report highlighted current supporters of the bill, including Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA), the highly influential Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as one of its sponsors. Since then, three more Representatives have added their names as cosponsors.

The full list of H.R. 5098’s current cosponsors is below.

  • Steve Daines (R-MT)
  • Luke Messer (R-IN)
  • Joseph Pitts (R-PA)
  • Trent Franks (R-AZ)
  • James Lankford (R-OK)
  • Walter Jones (R-NC)
  • Cynthia Lummis (R-WT)
  • Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
  • Keith Rothfus (R-PA)
  • Mike Kelly (R-PA)
  • Scott Perry (R-PA)
  • Tim Murphy (R-PA)
  • Tom Marino (R-PA)

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Why A Check-Up On Your Home Health Compliance Plan Is A Good Idea
The following article was written by Lani M. Dornfeld, Esq., a member of the Health Law Practice Group of Brach Eichler L.L.C., based in Roseland, New Jersey

In January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second wave of temporary moratoria in certain geographic regions on the enrollment of home health agencies in the Medicare Program, Medicaid Program and Children’s Health Insurance Program, with the first wave announced last July. Utilizing its authority under the health reform law, CMS announced it is putting “fraudsters on notice” that it will use all available tools to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in these federal health care programs. CMS stated that, rather than continuing its historical method of “pay and chase,” it is choosing a more preemptive approach to prevent fraud and abuse in certain high-risk areas, including home health.

Consistent with CMS’s preemptive approach, under the health reform law, home health agencies across the nation will also be required to take a preemptive approach to preventing fraud, waste, and abuse through the adoption and implementation of compliance and ethics programs. Although such programs have historically been voluntary, nursing facilities are now mandated to establish them, and we are awaiting final regulations imposing the mandate on “all other providers/suppliers,” including home health agencies. If particular home health agencies have not already adopted a compliance and ethics program, the health reform law should provide them with the impetus to do so immediately by setting forth increased civil and monetary penalties, stiffer federal sentencing guidelines, monetary and other penalties, False Claims Act liability for unreturned overpayments, and recapture of federal funds.

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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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