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NAHC Report: Issue# 2558, 12/1/2014
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CMS Issues Extension for Comments on the Proposed Rule for the Home Health Conditions of Participation
Action Needed on Senate and House Bills to Delay Implementation of Employer Mandate
For Your Information: Hospice-Facility Contracting Resources Now Available
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CMS Issues Extension for Comments on the Proposed Rule for the Home Health Conditions of Participation

CMS has issued an extension for comments on the proposed rule for the Home Health Conditions of Participation. The comment period is extended to January 7, 2015. 

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), is pleased that CMS has agreed to extend the comment period.  On October 27 NAHC, on behalf of it’s members, sent a letter to Marylyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requesting a 30 day 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.

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Action Needed on Senate and House Bills to Delay Implementation of Employer Mandate
With less than two weeks left in the Lame Duck session, further advocacy is needed to recruit additional cosponsors before bill can get a vote in the House. Senate bill also looking for additional cosponsors

NAHC is urging all of its members to ask their Senators and Representatives to support legislation that would delay the employer mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until January 1, 2016. The end of the Lame Duck session is fast approaching – meaning the window for these bills to gain support and see action before the employer mandate is scheduled to go into effect is closing.

The Senate bill offers relief for all businesses - including private home care, Medicare and Medicaid providers - while the House bill provides relief for businesses that offer services through Medicaid and Medicare. The bills – introduced in the Senate by Senators Warner (D-VA), Shaheen (D-NH), and Bagich (D-AK), and introduced in the House by Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), are entitled the Realistic Employer Responsibility Act (S. 1330) and the Ensuring Medicaid and Medicare Access to Providers Act (H.R. 5098), respectively.

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Hospice-Facility Contracting Resources Now Available
Special rates for NAHC members.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is now offering The Essential Hospice-Facility Contracting Resource:  Inpatient, Respite, Nursing Home and Assisted Living Arrangements at reduced rates for NAHC Members under agreement with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren LLC,.

With new agreements and tools, The Essential Hospice-Facility Contracting Resource is a must-have for every hospice.  The practical insights and contracting tips can help you strategically respond to the changing regulatory landscape.  Grounded in Reinhart's nearly two decades of experience working with hospices across the country, this trusted industry resource includes the following:

  • Detailed tips about emerging business and legal issues in the hospice industry, including implementation of the new nursing home regulations related to hospice care and billing for items and services "related to the terminal illness and related conditions"
  • Instructive footnotes throughout the agreements explaining how to implement key provisions
  • An easy-to-follow "road map" to the nursing facility agreement, allowing you to customize your organization's agreements and identify potential issues in other facilities' contracts
  • Practical explanations of the important differences between contract provisions that are required and where you have room to negotiate with facilities
  • New agreements — 9 total — to allow your organization to partner with different types of facilities for a variety of services

As a NAHC member, The Essential Hospice-Facility Contracting Resource is available to you for only $595 (retail $995).  To purchase this invaluable resource, take the following steps:

  •  Log in to NAHC’s CARING Store
  • Scroll down to The Essential Hospice-Facility Contracting Resource
  • Add TO CART
  • Go to CHECK OUT
  • Select “Purchase Now”
  • On the “Check Out” page, go to “My Profile”, then to “My Transactions”
  • Go to the “My Downloadable Products” prompt; the ORDER FORM will be available for print and submission

The staff at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren LLC that fill your request will confirm your NAHC membership status.

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