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NAHC Report: Issue# 2574, 12/23/2014
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NAHC and Home Care Community Win Smashing Victory Negating Overtime Rule in Federal Court
CMS Issues an Urgent Announcement Regarding the HHPPS Grouper
For Your Information: NAHC Responds to the CMS Announcement of a Star Rating System for Home Health Agencies with a Free Video Web Event
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NAHC and Home Care Community Win Smashing Victory Negating Overtime Rule in Federal Court

NAHC and all of the members of the home care community celebrated when they learned that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down onerous new overtime rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
 
“What this means is that the rule, which would have taken affect January 1, 2015, will be set aside and that older Americans will once again enjoy access to personal care assistance in their own homes,” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), a plaintiff in the lawsuit. “This is a victory for elderly and disabled persons who rely on home care,” said Halamandaris.
 
The lawsuit challenged a rule that would prohibit the application of two overtime compensation exemptions: companionship services and live-in domestic services. It would have applied whenever caregivers were employed by anyone except the direct consumer of their services. 90 percent of care would have been affected by the new overtime rule. This change would have created higher care costs that would have been borne by consumers and financially strapped government funding programs, such as Medicaid.

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CMS Issues an Urgent Announcement Regarding the HHPPS Grouper

CMS has issued  an urgent announcement regarding the HHPPS grouper and has asked NAHC to alert it members, which NAHC Report is reprinting below for the benefit of its members:

“Last week, CMS was  notified by the maintainers of jhaven and ASAP that certain HIPPS the scores being generated within ASAP were incorrect.  Their contractor, 3M, analyzed the issue and discovered that certain changes were necessary to ensure proper scoring for XML users.  Flat file users do not have to download the corrected grouper.  Testing has been completed and a new grouper released on the CMS website.  

Providers  that utilize an XML format must  upload a new grouper. 

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NAHC Responds to the CMS Announcement of a Star Rating System for Home Health Agencies with a Free Video Web Event

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. CMS recently 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 CMS’ recent Special Open Door Forum 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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