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NAHC Report: Issue# 2578, 1/5/2015
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A Reminder of Several CMS Change Requests Specific To Home Health Agencies and Hospices that are Effective January 1, 2015
CMS’ Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Chief Bella to Step Down
For Your Information: 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition Call for Presentations Now Open
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A Reminder of Several CMS Change Requests Specific To Home Health Agencies and Hospices that are Effective January 1, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several Change Requests that provide guidance to the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) on several home health policy and claims processing issues, which went into effect on January 1, 2015.

As a reminder to its members, NAHC wanted to highlight some of the Change Requests that CMS issued, and which are now in effect:

Change Request 8813 - Diagnosis Reporting on Home Health Claims

Effective January 1, 2015, the MACs will implement edits to reject HH claims that list a manifestation code as a primary diagnosis.

An analysis of Outcome Assessment and Information Set (OASIS) records and claims for CY 2011 revealed that some agencies were not complying with the coding guidelines when reporting the primary diagnosis, in particular with regards to certain codes that require the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation.

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CMS’ Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Chief Bella to Step Down

Inside Health Policy is reporting that CMS’ Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Chief Melanie Bella will leave her position at the end of January. This is the second high-level vacancy CMS will have come late January. CMS’ Medicaid Chief Cindy Mann also announced her decision to leave CMS recently.

According to the Inside Health Policy report:

“Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office Chief Melanie Bella will leave CMS at the end of January, marking the second high-level departure from the agency in early 2015 alongside CMS Medicaid Chief Cindy Mann. Mann will also step down in late January.

CMS says that Tim Engelhardt, director of the models, demonstrations and analysis group in the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, will be acting director while the agency looks for a permanent replacement.

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2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition Call for Presentations Now Open
Deadline for Presentations is Monday, January 19, 2015

NAHC is now accepting proposals for presentations for its 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition. The Annual Meeting educational sessions are offered on October 29-30, 2015 to address the needs of home health, hospice, and private duty providers, as well as clinical professionals including nurses, therapists, and physicians.

NAHC's proposal submission process is now online! Applicants must complete the process to be eligible for review and consideration at future educational sessions. Please be sure to read the instructions and submission policies carefully when you go online to submit your presentation proposal.

NAHC encourages all members, including associate members and vendors, to participate as faculty in the 2015 Annual Meeting. NAHC’s policy is that at least one faculty member in each proposed program must be an active employee of a home care or hospice provider and that member will serve as the designated primary faculty for the session.

Proposal topics should fall in one of the following 11 categories:

  1. Clinical
  2. Financial
  3. Human Resources
  4. Health Information Technology
  5. Legal & Regulatory
  6. Management & Leadership
  7. Marketing & Business Development
  8. Quality
  9. Telehealth
  10. Private Duty Services
  11. Hospice

NAHC provides a 50 percent discount on the meeting registration fee for the lead faculty member and one additional designated faculty member per education session. Registrations are non-transferable. All faculty will be able to register at the lowest registration rate and must use the NAHC conference hotel.

When you are ready to start the online submission process follow this link. The website is open for submissions through Monday, January 19, 2015. For more information or questions, please contact the NAHC Education Department at (202) 547-7424.

Click here to submit a proposal.

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