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State Operations Manual for Home Health Updated
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State Operations Manual for Home Health Updated

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Transmittal 125, which revises the State Operations Manual (SOM), chapter 2, sections 2180 through 2202.19 that govern CMS’ policy for home health agencies (HHA). The transmittal officially updates the SOM with revisions to chapter 2 that were issued earlier this yean in a Survey and Certification letter.  That letter also included instructions for HHA alternate sanctions, which has been incorporated into the SOM as chapter 10, and revised Appendix B, Guidance to Surveyors–Home Health Agencies. 

The revision to chapter 2 reflects CMS policy changes that have occurred over the years, and includes structural changes and reorganization of sections for clarity.

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Former CBO Director Urges an End to Home Health Cuts Contained in the ACA
Says Medicare needs more, not less, coordination of care and home health care

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 2003 - 2005, recently published an op/ed in The Hill newspaper calling for an end to the home health cuts that were enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In his article, Dr. Holtz-Eakin states that:

“For decades, skilled home health care has been a key part of the Medicare program because it enables seniors to receive high-quality, coordinated health care in the lowest cost setting available – their own home. Home health has made it possible for seniors to avoid lengthy and expensive hospital stays or institutional care. Just as important, home health is one of the few places where chronically ill seniors can receive coordinated care — and Medicare needs more, not less, care coordination. 

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NAHC Web Event Recordings now Available for Purchase

NAHC has recently hosted three web events as a way to learn more about the issues impacting the home care and hospice community.  NAHC’s Web Events are live, interactive events that you can view or listen online from your agency, office or home.

Two of the three recent web events are now available for purchase. The most recent events covered the following topics:

  • December 2, 2014: Mastering Financial Management and Calculation of the Hospice Aggregate Cap—What Every Hospice Provider Should Know.
  • November 19, 2014: 2015 Medicare Home Health PPS Rate Update
  • November 18, 2014: NAHC and CMS Explain the Proposed Home Health Conditions of Participation

To view the availability of these and other recent NAHC Web Events, please click here.

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