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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2670, 5/22/2015
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CMS to Host a Call on the New Home Health Quality Assessment Reporting Requirement
Senators Rally Support for Legislation to Allow NPs and PAs to Certify Medicare Home Health Plans of Care
For Your Information: Survey on Utilization of Telehealth for Chronic Illness and Depression Care
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CMS to Host a Call on the New Home Health Quality Assessment Reporting Requirement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 1:30pm – 2:30pm ET to provide home health agencies (HHAs) and other interested parties with additional information on the new “Pay-for-Reporting Performance Requirement” described in the CY2015 Home Health Final Rule.  The first 12-month reporting period for the new Quality Assessments Only (QAO) measure begins July 1, 2015; HHA compliance will potentially affect the Annual Payment Update (APU) for CY 2017.

In the CY 2015 Home Health Final Rule, CMS established a new “Pay-for-Reporting” performance requirement with which provider compliance with quality reporting requirements will be measured.

This quality performance requirement is driven by the principle that each HHA is expected to submit a minimum set of two “matching” Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments for each patient admitted to their agency.  There are several scenarios that define a “matching” OASIS assessment for the new pay-for-reporting performance requirement.  These scenarios make up “quality assessments” which are defined as assessments that create a quality episode of care during the reporting period. 

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Senators Rally Support for Legislation to Allow NPs and PAs to Certify Medicare Home Health Plans of Care

Two leading members of the U.S. Senate are urging their colleagues to cosponsor bipartisan legislation endorsed by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) that would allow Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA) to certify Medicare home health plans of care.  U.S. Senators Susan M. Collins (R-ME) and Chuck E. Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to their Senate colleagues this week encouraging them to cosponsor the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 578), which they introduced earlier this year.

“We are writing to urge you to join us as cosponsors of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 578) to ensure that our senior and disabled citizens have timely access to home health services under the Medicare Program,” Senator Collins and Schumer said to their colleagues in the letter.

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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!

Join The Gentiva Hospice Team! We have an exciting Hospice RN Clinical Management opportunity offering paid relocation assistance in Savannah, GA!

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 Matt.Rice@gentiva.com or call me at 615-429-7891.

To review an overview of the position, please click here.

 

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