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NAHC Report: Issue# 2547, 11/12/2014
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NAHC Comment to Washington Post on Hospice “Consumer Guide”

On October 27, 2014, the Washington Post published its fifth in its series “The Business of Dying,” on issues related to hospice care in the United States. In conjunction with the article, “Quality of U.S. Hospices Varies, Patients Left in Dark,” the Post included a Consumer Guide to Hospice that contains a partial list of Medicare-certified agencies with a limited set of informational items about the hospices including tax status, location and contact information, years in business, accreditation status, most recent survey, number of patients served, spending per patient day, and additional items. The authors included the Consumer Guide with the intent that they would assist consumers in selecting a provider for end-of-life care.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) fielded numerous questions from hospice providers on the Guide and solicited comment from its membership to assist in commenting on the Guide. NAHC has also encouraged hospice providers to submit specific comments related to the information for their hospice program to the Post through the “Contact Us” interface on the front page of the Guide.

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NAHC, Hospice Association of America, and Medicaid Council Seek Input on 2015 Legislative, Regulatory Agendas

Each year the policy staffs of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates—the  Hospice Association of America (HAA), and the National Council on Medicaid Home Care (Medicaid Council)—develop agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. The process of compiling the NAHC Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints for Action for 2015 has begun.

The policy staffs of these organizations are seeking input to help develop these blueprints, which lay out the action plan and basis for advocacy efforts for the coming year. Throughout the year as issues develop, NAHC, HAA, and the Medicaid Council gather ideas for these agendas from members, state association affiliates, advisory committees, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

With potential big changes on the legislative and regulatory horizon for next year on Capitol Hill, NAHC, HAA, and the Medicaid Council are planning ahead as always with strategies to protect the continued viability of home care and hospice. Please take a moment to communicate your thoughts for these agendas to guide us as an association and community.

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Web Event: 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.)


  • 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 


  • 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.

Web Event 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 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

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

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