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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2671, 5/26/2015
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OIG Releases Criminal Background Check Study on Home Health Agencies
CMS’ Proposed Revisions to the Hospice Cost Report for SNF-Based Agencies now Posted Online
For Your Information: NAHC’s Special Hotel Rate for the Financial Management Conference Ends June 5th
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OIG Releases Criminal Background Check Study on Home Health Agencies

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a report titled Home Health Agencies Conducted Background Checks Of Varying Types.  The evaluation is in response to a congressional request for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to analyze the extent to which HHAs employed individuals with criminal convictions and whether these convictions should have disqualified them from HHA employment.  This report is a companion to the May 2014 report entitled State Requirements for Conducting Background Checks on Home Health Agency Employees, which identified State background-check requirements for HHAs and identified the types of criminal convictions that, under State law or regulation, disqualify individuals from HHA employment.

In general, there are two types of background checks that States may require HHAs to use: statewide and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Statewide background checks are typically conducted by a State law enforcement agency and include information for crimes committed within that State.  For an FBI background check, a State law enforcement agency initiates the process by providing the FBI with an individual’s identifying information and a set of fingerprints.  The FBI checks them against the criminal background information maintained in its database and sends the results back to the State law enforcement agency.  The FBI’s database includes information both on Federal crimes and State-reported crimes from all States.

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CMS’ Proposed Revisions to the Hospice Cost Report for SNF-Based Agencies now Posted Online

The proposed revisions to the skilled nursing facility (SNF)-based hospice cost report were recently posted on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  website.

As reported previously, on May 1, 2015, CMS published notice in the Federal Register that proposed revisions to the Skilled Nursing Facility and Skilled Nursing Facility Health Care Complex Cost Report Form would be made available for review, with a 60-day period for submission of public comments on the changes.  After the 60-day comment period closes, it is expected that CMS will announce a second, 30-day public comment period.  NAHC and its affiliate, the Hospice Association of America (HAA), will submit comments on the proposed revisions.

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NAHC’s Special Hotel Rate for the Financial Management Conference Ends June 5th
Rooms are still available through the NAHC room block for all nights of the conference.

The Financial Management Conference is being held June 28 – 30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

To book hotel rooms online, click Online Reservations.

To register to attend the Financial Management Conference, please click here.

To learn more about this year’s Financial Management Conference, please click here.

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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