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NAHC Report: Issue# 2545, 11/7/2014
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What the 2014 Midterm Elections Mean for Home Care & Hospice

While partisans are either celebrating or lamenting the outcome of the recent Midterm elections – the GOP expanded its majority in the House by 13 additional seats and reclaimed control of the Senate by picking up at least seven seats – home care and hospice advocates can look at the makeup of the new Congress with  optimism  in the fact that access to home care and hospice is neither an ideological nor partisan issue, but one that is supported by members of both parties in both chambers of Congress.

Some of home care and hospice’s biggest champions will be at the helm of powerful committees that drive the nation’s agenda when the 114th Congress convenes. The challenge NAHC will face is working with these champions while fending off any proposals that would reduce Medicare to a voucher system, cut the federal contribution to Medicaid, or call for more payment cuts and copayments for home care and hospice.

NAHC congratulates all the new members of the House and Senate, and looks forward to working with the new Congressional leadership. With several Senate races still too close to call, this is what is known about the makeup of the new Congress.

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NAHC Requests Extension to Submit Comments on the Proposed Home Health Conditions of Participation

On October 27, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, on behalf of it’s members, sent the following letter to Marylyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requesting an extension on the comment period for the proposed rule Medicare and Medicaid Program: Conditions of Participation for Home Heath Agencies (CMS-3819-P).

For many agencies the proposed revisions will require a significant change in their operations and financial commitments. Agencies need adequate time to review the proposed rule in order to understand its impact.

NAHC requested that the deadline for comments on the proposed rule for the Home Health Conditions of Participation be extended by 30 days. This will provide an additional time for all interested parties to form constructive comments and structured recommendations to CMS. 

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Webinar: NAHC and CMS Explain the Proposed Home Health Conditions of Participation
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EASTERN

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new conditions that home health care providers must meet to participate in Medicare. The proposed rule will modernize home health regulations for the first time since 1989. The rule has been posted and home health agencies will have 60 days to submit comments. Home health agencies must meet the Medicare home health conditions of participation (HH CoPs) in order to participate in the Medicare program. Agencies that fail to meet any of the HH CoPs are at risk, at a minimum, for the imposition of several sanctions and, at worst, for program termination. 

Over the years, CMS has made several significant revisions to the HH CoPs, but many of the current CoPs have remained unchanged since their inception. In 1997, CMS attempted to revise the HH CoPs through a proposed rule that focused on patient-centered, outcome-oriented quality standards. CMS did not publish a final rule within the required three years time frame, so a new proposed rule had to be issued. (Please note: This event will not be recorded.)

Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the proposed rule on home health conditions of participation for Medicare-participating home health agencies
  • Discuss the key changes associated with the proposed conditions of participation
  • Discuss rationale for changes to the proposed conditions for participation 

Faculty:

  • Danielle Shearer, Technical Advisor, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Clinical Standards Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD
  • Mary Carr, RN, MPH, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Washington, DC

Recording: This event will not be recorded.

Registration: Registration for this NAHC event is being handled by KRM information services, inc. Register online.

Webinar Registration Fee:

  • $125.00 NAHC Members
  • $225.00 Non-Members

Continuing Education Credits Offered to Nurses Only: Maryland Nursing Association (MNA), our continuing education provider, will offer continuing education credits (1.5 CNE for 90 minutes) to nurses only for this webinar. All other attendees (non-nurses) who view the webinar in its entirety can obtain a certificate of attendance. Each attendee wanting a CNE or attendance certificate must enter their name in the event site roster and complete a participant feedback form.

If you have difficulty retrieving your certificate, contact KRM at custserv@krm.com or call 800.775.7654.

Cancellation: No refunds or substitutions will be allowed after Friday, November 14, and a $10.00 administrative cancellation fee will be charged. All cancellations must be made in writing to custserv@krm.com.

Questions about Registration or Technical Support: If you have questions, please contact KRM at custserv@krm.com or call 800.775.7654 to have a representative assist you.

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