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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2592, 1/27/2015
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MedPAC Solidifies 2016 Payment Recommendations for Home Health, Hospice
Home Care Technology Association of America Submits Comments to the House Energy and Commerce Telehealth Working Group
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MedPAC Solidifies 2016 Payment Recommendations for Home Health, Hospice

In mid-January, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met to finalize recommendations for inclusion in its annual March Report to Congress on Medicare payment policy.  In arriving at its recommendations, the commission examined a variety of factors that relate to payment adequacy - including beneficiary access to care, the capacity and supply of providers, care utilization, quality of care, provider access to capital, and financial margins.  In December MedPAC staff explored issues related to hospice payment adequacy in depth. For both home health and hospice, MedPAC will recommend that Congress eliminate the updates for the 2016 payment year, and will reprint recommendations from previous reports that have not been implemented.  As the annual payment updates for both home health and hospice are set in statute, elimination of the payment updates for 2016 would require legislative action.

Relative to hospice payment policy, MedPAC has continuing concerns that previous recommendations related to hospice payment reform and oversight of hospices that have a high proportion of long-stay patients have not yet been implemented. For this reason, MedPAC plans to reprint these recommendations as part of the hospice chapter of the March Report.  It should also be noted that as part of its 2014 March Report to Congress, MedPAC recommended that hospice be included as part of the Medicare Advantage benefit package.

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Home Care Technology Association of America Submits Comments to the House Energy and Commerce Telehealth Working Group
Comments are response to the Committee’s discussion draft legislation on Advancing Telehealth Opportunities in Medicare

NAHC’s affiliate, the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted comments to the House Energy and Commerce Working Group on Telehealth. The bipartisan Working Group is seeking to craft legislation that will improve access to telehealth services and technology across a wide range of stakeholders from providers to patients. More specifically, HCTAA’s comments were submitted in response to the Working Group’s discussion draft legislation entitled, “Advancing Telehealth Opportunities in Medicare.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Telehealth Working Group’s discussion draft on Advancing Telehealth Opportunities in Medicare,” said HCTAA Executive Director Richard D. Brennan.  “We hope that Congress will elevate the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies in home health care and hospice to new levels.”

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2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition — Call for Presentations
Proposal deadline extended to Monday, February 9, 2015

NAHC is extending the deadline to submit proposals for its 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice invites prospective faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals for the its Annual Meeting & Exposition – held Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30, 2015 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN – by February 9, 2015.

All members, including associate members and vendors, are encouraged 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.

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 will again make it possible for potential faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals online.  Click here to submit online.

All submissions must be received by Monday, February 9, 2015. No submissions or change in content on previously submitted presentations received after this date will be considered.

For more information or questions, please contact the NAHC Education Department at (202) 547-7424.

Click here to submit a proposal.

 

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 abohac@vnacarenetwork.org or visit our website at vnacarenetwork.org

 

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