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NAHC Report: Issue# 2564, 12/9/2014
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CMS Issues Change Request that Provides Instructions to Claims Processing Contractors Under the HHPPS
Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts Health IT Event
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CMS Issues Change Request that Provides Instructions to Claims Processing Contractors Under the HHPPS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued Change Request (CR) 8969 that provides instructions to the claims processing contractors on the home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) rate updates for calendar year (CY) 2015. 

The transmittal instructs the contractors on the system changes necessary to implement the changes to the Market Basket Update; National, Standardized 60-Day Episode Payment; National Per-Visit Rates; Low-Utilization Payment Adjustment Add-On Payments; Non-Routine Supply Payments, and Rural Add-on.

Included in the CR are tables outlining the changes made to each of the component parts of the HHPPS and payment amounts associated with the 2 percent reduction for agencies that do not comply with the quality reporting requirements.  In addition, a complete list of the old and new wage index assignments for both rural and urban designations, and the transition wage index amounts that will be applied in 2015 is provided. Further, the transmittal includes a table showing the clinical and functional thresholds changes that are effective for 2015.

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Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts Health IT Event
HCTAA Executive Director had opportunity to ask National Coordinator for Health IT about home care’s role in Meaningful Use Standards

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, DC-based think tank founded by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, recently held a forum on the role of technology in healthcare. Entitled, Promoting Innovation; Protecting Patient Safety: Advancing Use of Technology in Health Care, the forum and panelists explored a wide range of options.

At the event, senior leaders from government and the private sector shared insights on actions taken to improve health and health care through the use of technology and ways to both promote innovation and protect patient safety. Progress and stakeholder views on the development of standards and principles for reporting related to health IT were also highlighted.

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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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