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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2643, 4/14/2015
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Two House Committees Convene Hearings on Impacts of the ACA Employer Mandate
NAHC Applauds Survey that Shows Home Care Cost Growth Lower than for Other Long Term Care Services
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Two House Committees Convene Hearings on Impacts of the ACA Employer Mandate
Statements and testimony cite employers reducing hours to avoid penalties

Two U.S. House Subcommittees—the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee and the Education & the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions—convened hearings today that focused on the impact of the employer mandate included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The hearings received testimony from business owners, think tanks, and trade associations about the negative consequences of the mandate on both employers and employees, as well as other aspects of the ACA.

In his opening statement, House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Chairman David P. Roe (R-TN) gave specific example of employers that have reduced hours or altered staffing in order to avoid penalties under the employer mandate.

“More than 450 employers have publicly stated they are cutting hours or making other staffing changes to avoid the law’s punitive mandates, including the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Trig’s Supermarkets and Coach’s Fast Food in Wisconsin, Shari’s restaurants in Oregon, and the Henrico County School District – as well as other school districts – across the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Chairman Roe stated.

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NAHC Applauds Survey that Shows Home Care Cost Growth Lower than for Other Long Term Care Services
Survey reinforces NAHC’s position that most people want to receive care in their homes and that home care is more cost-effective

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today applauded findings in Genworth Financial’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey, which compares the costs of long term care services for consumers.  While the costs of all types of care have increased, the survey found that home care services are growing at a significantly lower rate than other long term care services.

The findings in the survey reinforce NAHC’s position that most people prefer to receive care in their homes and that home care is more cost-effective.

“Over the past 12 years, Genworth has uncovered several trends in the long term care services landscape,” Genworth stated in the survey.  “Not surprisingly, the cost of all types of care has steadily risen over the years — from homemaker services to nursing home care.  However, the cost of care provided in people’s homes has not risen by the same degree as care provided in facilities.”

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NAHC Offers Hospice “Survey Readiness” Educational Opportunity
Registration Currently Available for April 22 Event

In October 2014, President Obama signed The IMPACT Act into law requiring that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for the first time ever, ensure that each Medicare-certified hospice undergo a survey at least once every 36 months.  The requirement became effective in early April 2015, so CMS and state survey agencies have been gearing up to tackle the increased survey frequency.  However, some hospices have not had a state survey since before the revised Hospice Conditions of Participation (CoP) went into effect in late 2008.  Much may have changed since the last time a surveyor came on-site to assess the hospice’s adherence to the CoP. 

In anticipation of the greater frequency of surveys and need for hospices to prepare, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is offering a 90-minute web event designed to help hospice agencies  ensure that they are survey-ready.  The session will review the CMS’ implementation plans for the IMPACT Act and walk through the hospice federal recertification survey process.  NAHC will review the steps the surveyor(s) will take and the reports, forms, and documents hospices should have on hand or have ready access to for each of these steps.  NAHC will also advise on how to handle concerns identified by the surveyor and how to manage the survey process and the surveyor(s).  For instance, what should a hospice be prepared to provide the surveyor during the entrance interview and how much time does the hospice have to supply the information to the surveyor.

The web event—titled “Hospice Survey Preparedness and Readiness”—will occur Wednesday, April 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, JD, will moderate the web event.  The session will include panel presentations by hospice policy experts Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC, Hospice Operations Expert, and Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs at NAHC.

The registration fee for participation is $125 for members and $225 for non-members. No refunds are allowed after April 20, 2015. Until that date, a 25 percent administrative cancelation fee will be charged for all cancelations. Cancelation must be made in writing to meetings@nahc.org.

Regarding continuing education credits (CEUs), 1.5 CEUs will be applied for Nurses.

For those unable to participate and others interested, a recording will be available for purchase after the event.

If you have questions, please email webex@nahc.org or call 866.863.3903 to receive assistance from a NAHC representative.

Click here to register for the event.

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