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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2651, 4/24/2015
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CMS Clarifies Ordering and Certifying Documentation Maintenance Requirements
US Senate Passes Legislation Extending Demonstration Project on Chronic Care Management
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CMS Clarifies Ordering and Certifying Documentation Maintenance Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued Chang Request 9112 that provides   instructions and clarification on their existing policy for ordering and certifying documentation maintenance requirement.

On May 5, 2010, CMS issued an interim final rule (CMS-6010-IFR) and on April 27, 2012, a final rule (CMS -6010-F), that established Medicare Ordering and Referring, and Documentation Maintenance Requirements.

CMS implemented a requirement that a provider or a supplier that furnishes covered home health services, items of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS), clinical laboratory, or imaging services, is required to maintain documentation for 7 years from the date of service and, upon the request of CMS or a Medicare contractor, to provide access to that documentation.  The requirement also applies to a physician who orders/certifies home health services, items of DMEPOS, clinical laboratory, or imaging services.

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US Senate Passes Legislation Extending Demonstration Project on Chronic Care Management

The US Senate last week passed by voice vote legislation that would provide for the continuation of a physician-based chronic care management demonstration program established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015 extends for two years a demonstration project known as Independence at Home (IAH).  The model focuses on certain high risk categories of chronic care patients, using a reimbursement method that shares the Medicare spending savings between Medicare and providers.

The legislation was sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), with cosponsors Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA).

“We are delighted to commend Senator Wyden and Senator Markey, along with Senator Bennet, Senator Burr, and Senator Isakson, for their advocacy for legislation that helps keep people at home,” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

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Call for Presentations for Pre-Conferences at the NAHC Annual Meeting
The deadline for submitting proposals is May 18th!

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today announced its Call for Presentations for prospective faculty to submit pre-conference presentation proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee.  NAHC encourages all members, including associate members and vendors, to participate as faculty in the 2015 Annual Meeting Pre-Conferences.  The deadline for submitting proposals is May 18.

As previously reported, NAHC has posted 90 educational offerings for the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting, which will take place October 29-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.  Individuals who attend the 2015 Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Continuing Education credits in-person through the general session and pre-conference opportunities, as well as many additional credits through programs that will be made available online.

NAHC is now in the process of soliciting prospective faculty to submit proposals for pre-conference presentations for the Annual Meeting.  All NAHC members can submit pre-conference presentation proposals. For guidelines and to submit a proposal click here!

 

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