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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2684, 6/15/2015
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CMS Issues Major Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Rule
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CMS Issues Major Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a major proposed rule that focuses on Medicaid managed care related to minimum operation standards, care delivery, quality of care, and more on June 1, 2015.  As more and more states move their Medicaid programs into one form or another of managed care, this proposed rule is the most important issued by CMS in years.  In addition, since the proposal also addresses Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), it is of significant interest to the home care community.

NAHC has long advocated for the institution of federal standards to govern states shifting from a traditional fee-for-services (FFS) approach in Medicaid to a managed care delivery model.  As states increasingly shift MLTSS to managed care, the need for such standards has grown since managed care plans have limited experience in providing the type of services, particularly personal care, that are the mainstay of MLTSS.

The central feature of the MLTSS proposal is the codification of the ten (10) elements that CMS included in its 2013 guidance regarding MLTSS.  NAHC had worked with both the diverse provider and beneficiary communities on the development of this “pro-homecare” guidance.

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House Prepares to Vote on Independent Payment Advisory Board Repeal

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote this week on legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), as well as a bill repealing the medical device tax and other health care legislation.

As previously reported, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the IPAB repeal bill along with several other health care bills earlier this month.  All the Republican members of the Committee as well as seven of the Democrats voted in support.

While the IPAB repeal bill has bipartisan support in the House, it still needs to pass the Senate. Later this week, the House may also consider multiple Medicare Advantage bills approved by the Ways and Means Committee earlier this month. 

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly supports the IPAB repeal legislation.  In May, NAHC joined over 500 other health care organizations in sending a letter to federal lawmakers urging them to repeal IPAB.

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Early Registration Ends June 23rd for the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition

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.

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

 

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