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Home Care Technology Association of America Provides a Summary of Recent Congressional Health IT Activity to its Advisory Board
NAHC affiliate highlights health IT legislation that affects the home health and hospice community

NAHC’s affiliate – the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) – recently gave a summary of recent Heath IT legislative activity to its Advisory Board.

Below is HCTAA’s summary of recent Congressional activity – including introduced legislation and hearings – on health IT subjects that could affect the home health and hospice community:

Introduced Legislation

Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 5380)

  • Sponsors: Introduced 7/31/14, by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Peter Welch (D-VT)
  • Endorsements: American Telemedicine Association (ATA); Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

Summary: Per Rep. Thompson’s press release, this proposal would expand specific telehealth services under Medicare in two-year increments over three phases.

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OMB Finishes Review of Final Rule Aimed at Fraudulent Medicare Providers
Final rule may be published soon

Bloomberg BNA recently reported that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has completed its review of a final rule that is aimed at combating Medicare fraud. OMB review is one of the last steps before such rules are published in the Federal Register.

The Bloomberg BNA article details the Final Rule and the OMB’s review:

“According to OMB's site, the OMB finished its review of the rule Nov. 12. The OMB said the rule (CMS-6045-F) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services “helps to ensure that potentially fraudulent entities and individuals do not enroll in or maintain their enrollment in the Medicare program.”

The rule, Requirements for the Medicare Incentive Reward Program and Provider Enrollment, is economically significant. The OMB began its review in August (156 HCDR, 8/13/14).

The proposed version of the rule (CMS-6045-P) was published April 29, 2013 (78 Fed. Reg. 25,013) (80 HCDR, 4/25/13). Comments were due in June 2013.

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What Does The CMS Final Rule — 2015 Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Face-to-Face Physician Encounter Documentation; Quality Reporting Requirements; Therapy Assessments; and more — Mean to You?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EASTERN

Program: The Final Rule issued recently by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a myriad of important policy changes in addition to the 2015 payment rates for home health services. Among those important changes is the major modification to the rule requiring a face-to-face encounter with a physician as a condition for payment in Medicare. The Final Rule includes so much more:

  • The CY 2015 HHPPS payment rates, new case mix adjuster; wage index, and outlier payment formula weights
  • New requirements for timely therapy assessments
  • OASIS submission requirements
  • Insulin injection standards
  • A potential new Value-Based Purchasing program in home health services
  • Modifications to personnel qualifications and Civil Monetary Penalties

This event will provide you with an in-depth explanation and evaluation of each of these elements in the Final Rule, along with updates on unresolved questions and implementation guidance.


  • Identify the changes to Medicare rules regarding payment, face-to-face encounter documentation, therapy assessment requirements, and OASIS data submissions.
  • Recognize the status of a Medicare home health Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program.
  • Understand what can be expected in claims reviews for patients receiving insulin injections from a home health agency nurse.

Faculty: Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President; Mary Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs; and, Bill Dombi, Vice President for Law.

Web Event Registration Fee: $125.00 NAHC Members / $225.00 Non-Members

Package (Registration and Recording):  $150.00 NAHC Members / $300.00 Non-Members

Recording Only:  $125.00 NAHC Members / $225.00 Non-Members


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