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NAHC Provides Recommendations for Complying with New F2F Rules
University of Pennsylvania and NAHC Collaborate on a National Survey Surrounding the Perception & Utilization of Telehealth Services Among Home Care Providers
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NAHC Provides Recommendations for Complying with New F2F Rules

In the final rule for the 2015 home health prospective payment rate update, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the face-to-face (F2F) encounter requirements for physician certification for home health services. In the rule, CMS eliminated the narrative requirement, which required the certifying physician to provide a detailed explanation on why the patient was homebound and in need of skilled services. CMS will still require that the face-to-face encounter occurred no more than 90 days prior to the home health start of care date or within 30 days of the start of the home health care, be related to the primary reason the patient is receiving home health services, and be performed by a physician or allowed non-physician practitioner (NPP).

In addition to eliminating the narrative requirement, CMS has also altered its medical review process for determining patient eligibility for home health services. Not only will CMS request the agency’s medical record when additional documentation is requested, they will also be looking for evidence that supports eligibility for home health services from the physician’s medical record.  

CMS will require that the home health agency submit pertinent sections of the certifying physician’s medical record when an agency’s claim is requested for review. If the documentation in the physician’s record is insufficient to support eligibility, the home health agency’s claim will be denied.

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University of Pennsylvania and NAHC Collaborate on a National Survey Surrounding the Perception & Utilization of Telehealth Services Among Home Care Providers

NAHC and the University of Pennsylvania have formed a partnership to conduct the first national survey that explores the perceptions of directors and direct service providers - e.g. social workers, registered nurse, and home health aides - on telehealth for chronic disease and/or depression care. The study, “Perception and Utilization of Telehealth Services among Home Health Care Agencies: A National Survey,” is currently underway.

The study was designed to gain participation from both agencies that have and have not adopted telehealth systems, as it is crucial to understand both perspectives and motivations for adopting and not adopting telehealth systems into home care settings.

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2015 March on Washington Conference and Hotel Registration is Now Open!
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel — March 22 - 25, 2015

The nation’s capital is the heart of legislative activity that affects home care and hospice. That makes it the perfect place to raise awareness of the vital work we do. Together, we can deliver a unified message to those who make the policies that shape our business. Take advantage of this chance to lobby your lawmakers, connect with colleagues, and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

Registration Information

You may register using the Online Registration or print the Downloadable Registration Form and fax it to the phone number on the form. You may also call 202-547-7424 and register by phone!

Hotel Information

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

NAHC is hosting the 2015 March on Washington Conference in the splendid city of Washington, DC. Join us as we pursue a historic mission to make home care and hospice the center of health care in our country.

And what better place to make history in home care than in the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, a historic landmark hotel! Just blocks from the White House, the hotel stands on one of DC’s most vibrant streets. For the best availability, reserve your accommodations online.

Standard room rate per night:  $318.00 + tax (rate available until Friday, February 27, 2015)

To book hotel rooms online, click Online Reservations.

Number to call for room reservations:  Toll Free: 1-877-212-5752

*When making hotel reservations, please tell the agent that you are with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice March on Washington Room Block.


Director of Finance. VNA Care Network & Hospice, Inc., Southborough, MA

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer the Director of Finance will oversee and actively participate in the accounting, budgeting, cost reporting, accounts payable, billing and cash flow systems of the Network and affiliates. BS Accounting required, MBA and CPA preferred. Minimum 4  years of experience in Home Health financial management and experience in personal computer spreadsheet applications.

Please forward your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Ann Bohac, HR Recruiter VNA Care Network & Hospice at or visit our website at


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