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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2654, 4/29/2015
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Republican Leaders Push Budget Compromise: Few Real Cuts Mandated but Aspirational Cuts Remain in the Mix
CMS Corrects Technical Errors Related to Hospice Quality Reporting Program
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Republican Leaders Push Budget Compromise: Few Real Cuts Mandated but Aspirational Cuts Remain in the Mix

Republicans who control both the House and Senate due to the November 2014 elections face their biggest test to date this week.  Will they successfully navigate the minefields in order to pass a balanced budget compromise?  Both chambers were able to narrowly pass separate bills without support from the Democratic minority.  GOP leaders in the House and Senate have been working for weeks since then to reconcile the legislation passed in their chambers.  In terms of total spending for fiscal year 2016, the bills were quite similar. Total spending was $3.789 trillion in the House bill and $3.8 trillion in the Senate bill.  Both are some $200 billion less than the $4 trillion President Obama recommended in his budget. 

Republicans in the House and Senate have now reached an agreement on which they will proceed to vote in their respective chambers.  The agreement has been both loudly praised and vociferously condemned.  Republican Leadership praised the agreement as the first since Apple introduced the iPad.  One conservative Republican said the bill was an “exercise in avoidance putting politics before principle.”  It will be a close vote to be sure but the compromise measure is expected to pass both chambers and be sent on to President Obama for his signature.

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CMS Corrects Technical Errors Related to Hospice Quality Reporting Program

The April 30, 2015, publication of the Federal Register will include printed corrections by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the hospice quality program.

There are two changes, an omission and a date correction, related to the CAHPS hospice survey. 

These items should have been part of the FY2015 hospice payment rule.  As such, these items will be incorporated into the FY2015 hospice payment final rule via the correction in the Federal Register. 

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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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