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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2637, 4/6/2015
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Action Alert: Urge Congress to Amend SGR Legislation to Remove Surety Bond Requirement and Repeal or Revise Face-to-Face Physician Documentation Rule
Ten Things I Like Best About President Barack Obama
For Your Information: Financial Management Conference Call for Speakers – Deadline April 10
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Action Alert: Urge Congress to Amend SGR Legislation to Remove Surety Bond Requirement and Repeal or Revise Face-to-Face Physician Documentation Rule

Now is an important time for home care and hospice advocates to urge their members of Congress to amend the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) replacement legislation. Congress should remove the SGR bill’s current surety bond requirement on home health agencies and add language repealing or revising the face-to-face physician documentation rule.

As NAHC previously reported, Members of Congress adjourned for their two-week April recess without the Senate having passed legislation to permanently replace the SGR. Senate leaders plan to consider the SGR legislation after returning on April 13. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has stated that it can hold off on processing claims until April 15, which provides Congress with two days to pass a final bill before physicians start to experience payments reductions.

While it may be unlikely that Congress will either open the bill for amendments or accept more than a small number of amendments agreed upon in advance, we want to make another effort to stop the surety bond and obtain F2F relief in the SGR legislation. At a minimum, the effort will help set the stage for further advocacy as Congressional leaders have indicated they expect more Medicare legislation later this year.

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Ten Things I Like Best About President Barack Obama
by Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Some experts say that it is traditional for U.S. citizens to give their elected President a hard time during their last two years in office.  There is plenty of proof to back this up.  Even the two Presidents who finished with the highest approval ratings, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, were not exempt from this punishment.  What is curious is why President Barack Obama has been ripped apart when he has been free from scandals both national (Iran Contra) and personal (marital infidelity).  One group of Republicans, who ought to know better, recently went so far as to say the President is a greater threat to the nation than Russia’s Vladimir Putin.  I think that it is time that we cut President Obama some slack and take stock of what we like best about him.  Here is my top ten list.

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Financial Management Conference Call for Speakers – Deadline April 10

NAHC and its affiliate, Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), has announced its annual Call for Speakers for the 2015 Financial Management Conference. The conference will be held in Nashville from June 28-30, 2015. The conference includes four extended pre-conferences and 16 Workshops in combination with four General Sessions.

With this conference, the program content is planned by the HHFMA Education Committee and the HHFMA Workgroup. As in the past, HHFMA then looks to find the best speakers to present on the planned program content.

Individuals interested in presenting at this conference should review the program content set out here. We are looking for speakers to participate at each of the pre-conferences and the 16 workshops.

If you are interested or know someone you think would make a great speaker in a pre-conference or workshop, please submit your interest to: wad@nahc.org. You should include your name, organization affiliation, the specific program(s) you wish to be considered for, and credentials that outline your expertise in the selected program(s). We will consider individuals or a panel presentation depending on the nature of the topic involved.

Please remember, this is a Call for Speakers for the programs listed in the link. We are not looking for program proposals.

The deadline for submission of interest on this Call for Speakers is April 10. 

Thank you for your consideration and recommendations. We look forward to seeing all of you at the conference in Nashville.

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