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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2639, 4/8/2015
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Side-By-Side Comparison of the House- and Senate-Passed Budget Plans to Restructure Medicare and Medicaid
NAHC Affiliate, Home Care Technology Association of America, Comments on ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap: Role of Home Health and Hospice Agencies to Achieve Interoperability
For Your Information: Financial Management Conference Call for Speakers – Deadline April 10
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Side-By-Side Comparison of the House- and Senate-Passed Budget Plans to Restructure Medicare and Medicaid

Before adjourning for the Congressional April recess, the House and Senate both passed their respective budget resolutions.  Congress will return from recess on April 13.  The customary deadline for both houses of Congress to agree on a single budget blueprint  is April 15, leaving Congress with only two days after recess to resolve differences between the two plans and pass an agreed upon version.  Congressional members and staff have reportedly been working over the recess to iron out differences.

In the past several years, Congress has failed to pass a budget resolution.  Upon taking control of both chambers of Congress, Republican Congressional leaders expressed desire to return to “regular order” for the budget process, which would require Congress to pass a budget resolution by April 15. 

As previously reported, each budget proposes significant health policy changes, including restructuring Medicare and Medicaid and cutting spending on these programs.  The proposals in the budget resolutions do not have the force of law, apart from setting the level of discretionary spending for the coming fiscal year, and convey broad policy goals rather than specific legislation at this point. 

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NAHC Affiliate, Home Care Technology Association of America, Comments on ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap: Role of Home Health and Hospice Agencies to Achieve Interoperability

The Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA), an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on its proposed “interoperability roadmap,” a comprehensive plan to support the interoperable exchange of health information across the continuum of providers, patients, and caregivers.  ONC released a draft of the roadmap in January for public comments.  In the draft roadmap—“Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0.”—ONC aims to outline the standards and use cases for achieving nationwide interoperability.

The comments are part of HCTAA’s ongoing efforts to advance technology use and the coordination of longitudinal care on behalf of home care and hospice professionals, and specifically to assure ONC that home health and hospice agencies are vital to achieving interoperability and need better assistance to adopt electronic health records.

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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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