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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2668, 5/20/2015
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Further Concerns Raised about Bundling Legislation
CMS Issues Hospice Quality Updates
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Further Concerns Raised about Bundling Legislation
Congressman McKinley Speaks in Support; Center for Medicare Advocacy Expresses Concerns

Over the past two weeks, there has been continued discussion among lawmakers and stakeholders who are divided over legislation—the Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care (BACPAC) Act (H.R. 1458)—that would bundle Medicare payments for post-acute care.  As previously reported, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing last month to discuss the bill and how best to improve post-acute care.  NAHC submitted an official statement for the hearing record that outlined principles for improving post-acute care and expressed concerns with certain aspects of BACPAC.

Most recently, the bill’s sponsor, Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), delivered comments yesterday at a briefing hosted by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation promoting the legislation.  You can access more information about the briefing here.

McKinley has argued that his legislation will strengthen Medicare by improving care coordination, and during his remarks yesterday he said the bill would help make “commonsense savings to preserve Medicare services, protect jobs, and make sure we keep our promise to seniors.”

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CMS Issues Hospice Quality Updates
Registration for June 17 National Provider Call Now Open/CAHPS Updates

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) previously reported on a forthcoming Hospice Quality Reporting Program National Provider Call scheduled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for June 17, 2015, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EASTERN. 

Individuals may now register for this event here

Additional information about the call is provided below.

Event:  Hospice Quality and Hospice Item Set Manual V1.02

Topic:  Hospice Quality Reporting Program

When:  Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Time:  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

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NAHC Announces Home Health Education Track for 2015 Financial Management Conference

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced details regarding the Home Health Track at the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition.  Conference participants will have the opportunity to choose one among four education tracks, including: the Home Health Track, the Hospice Track, the Innovations Track, and the Leadership Track.

The Home Health Track will include four programs covering Medicare payment rate rebasing, strategies to prepare for value-based purchasing, home health services revenue cycle management, and how to prepare for Medical Review.  Here are descriptions of the four programs offered under the Home Health Track:

101. Medicare Payment Rate Rebasing 2014 and 2015 Style - What you know and what you should know!

201. High Quality Care and Positive Patient Outcomes Result in Positive Financial Outcomes – Now Prove It With Data!

301. Home Health Services Revenue Cycle Management

401. Financial Risks in Medical Review: Responding, Reacting and Rebounding 

For more details and to register for the Financial Management Conference, please click here.

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Gentiva Hospice of Savannah, GA is currently hiring for a RN Manager of Clinical Practice! If you have recent Hospice experience, some Management background or a Hospice certification, and are open to relocation, this is a great opportunity for you to consider. If you are interested or know of someone you would recommend, please feel free to email Matt Rice at or call me at 615-429-7891.

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