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NAHC Report: Issue# 2570, 12/17/2014
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NAHC Responds to the CMS Special Open Door Forum Announcement to Publish a Star Rating System for Home Health Agencies
CMS Holds Face to Face Call
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NAHC Responds to the CMS Special Open Door Forum Announcement to Publish a Star Rating System for Home Health Agencies
NAHC Invites its members to a free video web event on the proposed CMS home health star rating system

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently held a Special Open Door Forum to solicit stakeholder feedback on the proposed star rating methodology for home health agencies. Last week, CMS announced its proposal to publish a star rating for home health agencies on Home Health Compare starting in 2015; similar to one that is currently used for Nursing Home Compare, Physician Compare, and the Medicare Advantage Plan. Dialysis Facility Compare and Hospital Compare are scheduled to have a star rating as well in 2015.

In response to today’s call, NAHC invites all of its members to view a free video web event on the CMS proposed initiative for a home health star rating system. The video web event lets home health and hospice professionals hear first hand from NAHC experts as they provide an early critique of the rating system, and express their concerns about the impact it will have on the home care and hospice industry. 

To access this special video web event, please click here.

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CMS Holds Face to Face Call

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a long-awaited National Provider call on the revised home health face-to-face encounter requirements for certifying Medicare home health patients. The revisions go into effect January 1, 2015. 

The CMS officials presented an overview of the requirements for home health eligibility, along with the revisions made in the final rule relative to the face-to-face encounter. CMS reiterated that the narrative requirement will no longer be required for initial certifications beginning January 1, 2015. CMS did emphasize that a brief narrative is required for certifications and recertifications for patients receiving skilled nursing for Management &Evaluation of the Care Plan. 

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New Items Added to NAHC’s Ebola Task Force Resource Center

NAHC’s Ebola Task Force recently updated its Online Resource Center with additional documents that many be useful in preparing home care and hospice professionals with the latest information on combating the virus.

To view the newest resources, and to learn more about NAHC’s Ebola Task Force, please click here.

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