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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2669, 5/21/2015
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NAHC, Senior Groups Submit Catalog of Policy Recommendations to White House Conference on Aging
CMS Hold Its Third Special Open Door Forum on the F2F Encounter Templates
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NAHC, Senior Groups Submit Catalog of Policy Recommendations to White House Conference on Aging

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) is a coalition of 72 national organizations, including the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, concerned with the well-being of America’s older population.  The LCAO is playing a critical role in preparation for the upcoming White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA).  The LCAO recently submitted a catalog of policy recommendations for consideration by the WHCOA which includes a number of policies suggested by NAHC.

The first WHCOA was held in 1961, with subsequent conferences in 1971, 1981, 1995, and 2005.  These conferences have been viewed as catalysts for development of aging policy over the past 50 years.  2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act.  The 2015 White House Conference on Aging, to be scheduled for this summer, is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.

The White House specifically requested ideas from the LCAO that could be implemented in the short term by the Administration without requiring legislation.  NAHC offered several proposals that were included in the catalog, including:  1) implement a Medicare home health demonstration program that waives the part-time and intermittent care and homebound standards, allows greater flexibility relative to services provided, and covers services in the home that would be less costly than in a SNF or hospital; 2) implement demonstration programs and pilot projects on chronic care management under Medicare provided by an interdisciplinary team of health professionals within home health agencies to ensure a discipline-integrated, community care-based approach to care management; 3) implement a demonstration project that would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other non-physician professional practitioners to order Medicare home health services; 4) require states to submit a detailed Olmstead compliance plan each year and establish firm deadlines with penalties for non-compliance to encourage states to rebalance their Medicaid programs by increasing the availability of home and community based care and reducing reliance on institutional care.

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CMS Hold Its Third Special Open Door Forum on the F2F Encounter Templates

On May 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held the third Special Open Door Forum call for the voluntary electronic clinical template for the home health face-to-face (F2F) encounter.

The CMS officials presented the latest version of both the electronic and paper templates.  As with the other versions, the revised versions for both the electronic and paper templates follow the subjective, objective, assessment and plan (SOAP) model for documentation.  The paper version is two pages and consists predominately of questions requiring a narrative response, while the electronic version is a combination of questions that require a narrative response and checkboxes.  CMS included with this revised version a “Progress Note Guidance” page that describes the purpose of the template and the criteria for the home health certification, including the F2F encounter.

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Survey on Utilization of Telehealth for Chronic Illness and Depression Care

The purpose of this study is to explore the perceptions of directors and direct service professional staff on telehealth for chronic disease and/or depression care. This is for BOTH agencies that have and have not adopted telehealth.

Please complete one for yourself AND forward to one direct service provider (e.g. social worker, registered nurse or psychiatric nurse) from your agency. It is very crucial that we would understand both perspectives from you and your staff.

This easy online survey will take approximately 10~15 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, if you are interested, you may wish to share your email address to enter three random draws of e-gift cards worth $30, $20 or $10.

Email address will be used for communication only for such purposes and will be kept confidential and not be shared with others.This study has been approved by the University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board and the NAHC.

Your participation will have a valuable contribution to a new and growing body of knowledge about the benefits and challenges of utilizing innovative technologies like Telehealth for patients.Individual agencies will not be named in research reports or publications, and any identifying information will be changed to protect the confidentiality of the agency. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary.

Click Here to Complete the Brief Survey!

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