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NAHC Report: Issue# 2550, 11/17/2014
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NAHC is Hosting Two Important Web Events this Week
NAHC and HAA Remind Hospices to Access their Hospice PEPPER?
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NAHC is Hosting Two Important Web Events this Week

Given all of the recent regulations that affect the home care and hospice community, NAHC’s expert staff is offering two separate web events this week that will explore what the new rules mean to home care and hospice providers.

One event, presented by Mary Carr, NAHC’s Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, and Danielle Shearer, Technical Advisor, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Clinical Standards Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is being held on Tuesday, November 18 and will focus on CMS’ new proposed Conditions of Participation.

The second web event of the week, held on Wednesday, November 19, will focus on CMS’ Final Rule for the 2015 Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update. This Final Rule contains many important policy changes – including to the Face-to-Face Physician Encounter Documentation, Quality Reporting Requirements, Therapy Assessments, and much more. This web event is being presented by Val J. Halamandaris, President, NAHC; Mary Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, NAHC, and; Bill Dombi, Vice President for Law, NAHC.

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NAHC and HAA Remind Hospices to Access their Hospice PEPPER?

The current release (version Q4FY13) of the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) for hospices has been available for download through the Secure PEPPER Access page at PEPPERresources.org. since April 21, 2014. As of November 11, 1,698 (56%) of the 3,030 hospice PEPPERs had been accessed.

Have you obtained your hospice’s PEPPER? If you haven’t, the Chief Executive Officer, President or Administrator should: 

  1. Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide.
  2. Visit the Secure PEPPER Access page at PEPPERresources.org.
  3. Review the instructions and obtain the information required to authenticate access.
  4. Click on the button to Access the Secure Portal.
  5. Complete all the fields.
Download your PEPPER as a Microsoft Excel file. 

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U.S. Celebrates National Home Care & Hospice Month in November

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the themes for National Home Care and Hospice Month in November. Each November, the home care and hospice community honor and reflect upon the hero’s—nurses, caregivers, home care aides, therapists, and social workers—who make a remarkable difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve. These critical workers play a central role in their patients’ lives, and NAHC recognizes their efforts with this year’s themes:

Home Care: Home is the Center of Healthcare
Hospice: Hospice = Love in Action
Private Duty: Loving Care Tailored to Each Family’s Needs

 NAHC honors November as National Home Care Month with the theme, “Home is the Center of Health Care,” the product of a brainstorming session at the NAHC Strategic Planning Congress in February 2013. The session brought together members of NAHC’s board of directors and the heads of its Forum of State Associations, along with key leaders from the home care and hospice industry. They exchanged their thoughts under the leadership of Dr. Lance Secretan, management expert, author, editor and former corporate CEO. Their joint expression of home care’s goals gained approval from NAHC’s board of directors.

 NAHC and its affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) honor November is National Hospice Month with the theme “Hospice = Love in Action.” Hospice care provides humane and comforting support for terminally ill patients and their families, including pain control, palliative medical care, and social, emotional and spiritual services. Hospice fulfills basic human needs of feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings and of attaining physical and emotional peace during the last stage of life.

NAHC and its affiliate Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) honor November is Home Care and Hospice Month with the theme “Loving Care Tailored to Each Family’s Needs.” PDHCA is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to providing an array of home care services, including non-medical and supportive services to the aged, infirm, or disabled client to help maintain safety and independence at home, wherever home is.

For more information on the National Association for Home Care & Hospice – National Home Care & Hospice Month and Home Care Aide Week, visit www.nahc.org.
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