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NAHC Report: Issue# 2582, 1/9/2015
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NAHC Applauds Passage of H.R. 30, Legislation that Defines Full-Time as 40 Hours Under the ACA
Hospice Reminder: Continue to Submit HIS Data as part of HQRP Requirements
For Your Information: NAHC and HHNA’s Nurse Recognition Program Now Seeking 2015 Nominations for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year
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NAHC Applauds Passage of H.R. 30, Legislation that Defines Full-Time as 40 Hours Under the ACA

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) applauded leaders in the House of Representatives for passing legislation that will change the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) definition of full-time work from 30 to 40 hours. Twelve Democrats joined with the Republican majority to pass this important legislation.

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris issued the following statement:

“We urge the members of the Senate to immediately follow suit and pass the companion bill, S. 30, introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging, along with Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said Halamandaris. “The home care and hospice community has no better friend than Senator Collins, and her reintroduction of this bill further solidifies her reputation as a fighter for the infirm, disabled and elderly, not just in Maine but across the country.”

Home care workers, without relief, would have had to restrict employees to no more than 29 hours per week to ensure their workers are considered part time under the ACA. A survey that NAHC concluded in December 2014 shows that the employer mandate would weaken patients’ access to care, reduce wages and working hours of home care staff, and require home care companies to restructure their operations to rely on part-time caregivers.

NAHC praises the work of House of Representatives sponsors Todd Young (R-IN), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Tim Walberg (R-MI) for their foresight and leadership.”

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Hospice Reminder: Continue to Submit HIS Data as part of HQRP Requirements

December 31, 2014 marked the close of the FY 2016 data collection cycle for the Hospice Item Set (HIS). For the FY 2016 data collection cycle, hospices were required to report HIS data - and HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge record - for each patient admission to their hospice from July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

HIS data submission for patient admissions occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2014 will be used by CMS to determine Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) compliance requirements for the FY 2016 Annual Payment Update (APU) determination.  

Hospice providers should continue to complete and submit HIS records for patient admissions occurring after December 31, 2014. Patient admissions occurring January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 will impact the FY 2017 APU determination.

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NAHC and HHNA’s Nurse Recognition Program Now Seeking 2015 Nominations for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year
February 14 deadline fast approaching

NAHC and its affiliate the Home Healtcareh Nurse’s Association is seeking nominations for the 2015 Nurse of the Year. NAHC runs the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year campaign to further recognize a nurse who stands for the highest standards of care. The top 10 nurses chosen by the selection committee will be eligible for the Nurse of the Year award. Then the final decision falls to NAHC members and the public. Voting begins this summer on the NAHC website, and the winner will be announced at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting in October.

Eligibility Requirements

Any registered nurse currently employed by a NAHC member agency is eligible for the Nurse Recognition Program. The nominated nurse should embrace the program’s spirit and exhibit the following attributes:

  • Does the nurse’s story paint a positive picture of home care and hospice?
  • Does the story show that the nurse provided exceptional care?
  • Does the applicant demonstrate excellence in nursing through credentials, awards, and honors?
  • Did the applicant make a difference in their patients’ lives?
  • Did the applicant inspire us to be our best?

Special Cases

Agencies may nominate telemonitoring nurses who do not visit patients or hospice nurses whose patients are deceased. In these cases, it may not be possible to obtain a photo that depicts the nurse with the patient. If so, agencies may submit separate photos of the patient and the nurse, but photo release forms are still required for a nurse’s story to appear in CARING. If the patient is deceased, or if they are a minor, an adult family member may complete and sign the release form.

Online Application

Each nomination must be submitted using the online form available on the NAHC and HHNA websites. Use the online form to provide background information on the nurse, along with contact information for the agency and the nurse. Please provide separate contact information for nurses who do not work out of the agency’s central office.

For more information on the Nurse of the Year program and submission guidelines, please click here.

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