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NAHC Report: Issue# 2569, 12/15/2014
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NAHC Urges it's Members to Contact CMS Administrator Tavenner and their Lawmakers Asking to Phase-in the New F2F Regulations/a>
ONC Releases the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for the Next Six Years
For Your Information: 2014-15 Hospice Salary & Benefits Report Now Available
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NAHC Urges it's Members to Contact CMS Administrator Tavenner and their Lawmakers Asking to Phase-in the New F2F Regulations

Last week, both NAHC and it's affiliate, the Forum of State Associations (FSA), sent letters to CMS requesting the use of a phase-in approach with the new requirements in the physician face-to-face (F2F) encounter rule that take effect on January 1, 2015.

To date, CMS has not issued any guidance or initiated any education on the new requirement that physicians have sufficient documentation in their own files to support the certification of homebound status and skilled care need.

NAHC is asking its members to take a moment to weigh in with CMS and elected officials in supporting NAHC and FSA’s request for a phase-in approach to enforcement. The message to CMS and your legislators is: “Phase-in the new F2F documentation requirements by issuing comprehensive guidance on compliance and education of physicians and home health agencies before instituting full enforcement.”

To send a message to the CMS Administrator through the NAHC Legislative Action Network, go here:  Write to CMS Administrator

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ONC Releases the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for the Next Six Years
ONC is now seeking input from the public and stakeholders on the government’s Strategic Plan through February 6, 2015

Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2020. ONC is now seeing public comment until February 6, 2015. A collection of 35-plus federal departments and agencies collaborated to develop the draft Strategic Plan, identifying key federal health IT priorities for the next six years. The landscape has dramatically changed since the last federal Health IT Strategy plan was drafted. When the previous plan was released, the HITECH Act implementation, which did not include home care providers,  was in its infancy. Since that time,  there has been remarkable growth in health IT adoption. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act implementation has begun to shift care delivery and reimbursement away from fee-for-service care.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, states in the Strategic Plan’s Introduction that:

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2014-15 Hospice Salary & Benefits Report Now Available
Explores salaries, hourly/per-visit rates, turnover, other trends

Hospice licensed practical nurses (LPNs) earned 4.59% more than LPNs in Home Care agencies, according to the 2014-2015 Hospice Salary & Benefits Report, just published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS).  The national hourly rate (50th percentile) for Hospice LPNs was $21.43 compared to $20.49 for Home Care LPNs.  The difference in pay for 2013 was 3.03%. 

LPN

Home Care

Hospice

% Difference

2014

$20.49

$21.43

4.59%

2013

$20.46

$21.08

3.03%

National 50th percentile hourly data from the 2014-2015 Hospice Salary & Benefits Report

The national turnover rate for Hospice LPNs was 18.83%, compared to 24.59% for Home Care LPNs.  The average number of patient visits per day for Hospice LPNs was 5.04, compared to 6.29 for Home Care LPNs.  (Actual patients are the average number of face-to-face patient visits, including travel and paperwork time.)

The Hospice Salary & Benefits Report, which is published under a cooperative arrangement between Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), had 703 participating hospices and hospice programs that employ more than 41,600 full-time employees.  The complete 260-page Report contains 64 jobs, reporting on salaries, bonuses, and hourly & per visit rates.  Data are reported by state, nine regions, nationally, according to agency type and number of hospice patient days.  Also included are 18 fringe benefits, planned percent increases, turnover rates, and personnel policies.

The Hospice Report may be purchased through the NAHC online CARING Store for $275.Pllease click here to learn more.

 A separate HOMECARE Salary & Benefits Report is available for $325 and contains data from 1,689 home health agencies.  In addition to the Reports, the salary/hourly/visit results may be purchased in Excel. 
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