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NAHC Report: Issue# 2586, 1/16/2015
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CMS Open Door Forum: Home Health F2F, Hospice Payment Reform, ICD-10 Testing and CAHPS Hospice Survey Updates
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will Step Down at the End of February
For Your Information: CMS Regulations, Medicare Cuts and Copyaments, and Other Priorites for 2015
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CMS Open Door Forum: Home Health F2F, Hospice Payment Reform, ICD-10 Testing and CAHPS Hospice Survey Updates

Earlier this week, CMS held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum. Hospice payment reform research, ICD-10 testing updates, and hospice CAHPS were on the agenda.  A summary of each area of focus is provided below.

Home Health Face-to-face (F2F)

CMS’ Randy Throndset opened the call with a reference to the home health F2F requirement, commenting that they are aware of the great deal of interest that the issue has generated, and that CMS is currently working on the issue and will have guidance for the home health community as soon as possible.

Hospice Payment Reform

A representative of Abt Associates, the contractor charged with gathering data pertaining to hospice payment reform, provided a brief overview of the payment reform principles, key topics from the 2013 and 2014 hospice study technical report (HSTR), payment reform outreach activities performed thus far, and a summary of payment reform concepts and key findings to consider.  No new information was released and no proposals were made.

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CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will Step Down at the End of February

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Friday that she is resigning at the end of February. Her temporary replacement will be Andy Slavitt, formerly a UnitedHealth Group executive who is now CMS’ Principal Deputy Administrator. Tavenner, 63, spent more than three years in the post as both Acting Administrator and, after a vote of 91 – 7 in May 2013, as the confirmed Administrator.

As the head of the organization that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs, Tavenner was responsible for helping with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As acting head of CMS, Marylin Tavenner’s leadership helped the home health community resolve a problem with inadequate outlier payments – an issue that NAHC first told CMS about in 2010 - that the acting administrator worked quickly to resolve.

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CMS Regulations, Medicare Cuts and Copyaments, and Other Priorites for 2015
NAHC members urged to voice their opinions on these and other critical issues by filling out one of the brief Priorites surveys below

In preparation for next year's largest gathering of home care and hospice advocates in Washington, DC at the 2015 Home Care and Hospice March on Washington, March 22-25, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) are soliciting members' and advocates' input regarding the most important and significant legislative and regulatory challenges and concerns for the home care and hospice community.

NAHC will use these priorities to guide its legislative and regulatory advocacy during the March on Washington and throughout 2015.

Three simple online questionnaires are now available to allow home care and hospice organizations, as well as other interested parties, to provide their input. The questionnaires will only be available through Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Please take a moment and cast your votes as soon as possible. Agencies or organizations that provide only hospice care are asked to complete only the hospice questionnaire.

The questionnaires include:

Legislative Priorities Survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015nahclegpriorities

Hospice Priorities Survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015nahchospicepriorities

Regulatory Priorities Survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015nahcregpriorities

Items should be ranked on the questionnaires according to the level of importance the voter believes they hold for the home care and hospice community.

Again, questionnaires must be completed no later than Tuesday, January 20, 2015 to allow votes to be included in each final tally. Please note that each agency is allowed only one submission; faxed copies of the questionnaire cannot be accepted.

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