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NAHC Report: Issue# 2582, 1/12/2015
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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
More Updates on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program CAHPS Hospice Survey Participating Exemption for Size
For Your Information: NAHC Cosponsors Health Law Conference
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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 month, 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. CMS did, however, host a long-awaited National Provider call on the revised home health face-to-face encounter requirements for certifying Medicare home health patients.

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.” Take Action Here!

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More Updates on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program CAHPS Hospice Survey Participating Exemption for Size

CMS has posted additional information for hospices seeking an exemption from participation in Hospice CAHPS based on the size of your hospice program. After completion and submission of the Participation Exemption for Size Form, the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team will confirm receipt of the form. Confirmation of receipt of the Participation Exemption for Size Form does not constitute approval or denial of this request. Hospices are encouraged to submit this form online via the CAHPS Hospice Survey Web site as soon as possible.

To request an exemption for calendar year (CY) 2015 data collection and reporting requirements, this form must be submitted no later than August 12, 2015. To view the Participation Exemption for Size process or to complete the form, please click on the left hand Participation Exemption for Size navigation button on the Hospice CAHPS website

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NAHC Cosponsors Health Law Conference

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) once again is cosponsoring the “Long Term Care and the Law” conference of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). NAHC members are entitled to the AHLA member price for the conference.

Each year, this conference brings together health care executives and health lawyers for a fully focused 3-day journey into the most pertinent legal issues affecting home care providers, hospices, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. This year the line-up includes multiple programs related directly to home care and hospice issues including compliance, HIPAA, business transactions, and Medicaid home and community-based services. NAHC’s own Vice President for Law, Bill Dombi, will provide sessions reviewing all the current legislative, legal, and regulatory developments in home care and hospice.

The conference will be held in New Orleans from February 23 to 25. For full information about the conference programming along with registration information check out the AHLA conference brochure here.

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