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NAHC Report: Issue# 2565, 12/10/2014
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CMS Conducting Survey Mode Experiment for Hospice CAHPS Survey Responses
51 Organizations Send Letter in Support of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
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CMS Conducting Survey Mode Experiment for Hospice CAHPS Survey Responses

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has learned that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a CAHPS Hospice Survey Mode Experiment under which they are seeking information to help in the development of adjustors that will allow for better standardization across hospices that participate in the CAHPS survey.  The experiment seeks to adjust accordingly to the survey mode used by the different hospices: mail, telephone, or mixed mode. CMS is working with the RAND Corporation on the project and outreach by both CMS and RAND is currently being made to selected hospices relative to participation.

Hospices should note that the hospice participants for this project have been selected by CMS based on them having met specific criteria that have been established. CMS is not taking additional hospices into the experiment at this time. 

According to CMS, the mode experiment will help CMS develop survey mode adjustments to achieve the goal of fair and standardized comparisons across all hospices that participate in the CAHPS Hospice Survey. It is necessary to make adjustments to account for the effect of the mode of survey administration (i.e., Mail Only, Telephone Only and Mixed Mode) in which caregivers respond to the CAHPS Hospice Survey. These adjustments are intended to eliminate any advantage or disadvantage in CAHPS Hospice Survey scores that might result for a hospice based on the mode in which its caregivers respond to the CAHPS Hospice Survey.

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51 Organizations Send Letter in Support of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
NAHC one of the organizations supporting the legislation, that would allow nurses to sign home health plans of care

A group of 51 organizations representing the interests of a wide range of shareholders – from elderly care advocacy groups to medical societies, religious organizations to those seeking to preserve Medicare and Social Security – recently sent a letter to the leading sponsors and cosponsors of both the House and Senate versions of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act. The letter was addressed to Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and indicated the organization’s continued support of the legislation.

NAHC is one of the signatories to the letter that was sent, and has been a longtime supporter of allowing nurses to sign home health plans of care. Recently, NAHC held its first Social Media Advocacy Day, where it urged its members to contact their elected officials to support this legislation.

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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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