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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2687, 6/18/2015
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More Senate Cosponsors Needed as Support Builds for Allowing NPs and PAs to Certify Home Health Services
CMS Provides Education on Revised Hospice Item Set Manual
For Your Information: Early Registration Ends June 23rd for the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition
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More Senate Cosponsors Needed as Support Builds for Allowing NPs and PAs to Certify Home Health Services
Keep Up the Momentum by Contacting Your Senators Today

While Congressional support continues to build for legislation allowing Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to certify home health plans of care, Senate leaders have indicated to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) that additional Senate cosponsors would increase the likelihood of the bill moving forward. As previously reported, earlier this year U.S. Senators Susan M. Collins (R-ME) and Chuck E. Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 578) and recently sent a letter to their Senate colleagues to rally support for the legislation. 

NAHC in coordination with other organizations supporting the bill has set the goal of achieving 40 cosponsors for the Senate bill, and as many as possible for the House bill. The Senate Finance Committee plans to markup certain non-controversial Medicare bills in the near future, and key Senate staffers have indicated that this bill would gain significant momentum to be included in the markup if it were to receive 40 cosponsors.

Recently Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined the bill bringing the total sponsors and cosponsors to 29. Please view the table to see whether your senators have cosponsored the bill, and if not use the Legislative Action Center to contact your senators to cosponsor the bill right away.

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CMS Provides Education on Revised Hospice Item Set Manual

On June 17, 2015, CMS held a training call for the revised Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual. The revised manual, version 1.02, is effective June 28, 2015, and it includes HIS definition clarifications as well as some revised guidance. CMS has indicated a recording of the call will be available. In the interim, providers can find out more detail by reading the NAHC summary below and viewing the presentation slides. A change table outlining the revisions is also available for providers in the downloads section of the CMS HIS webpage.

A hospice should still complete and submit HIS records even if late. The provider will receive a warning ‘error’ but the records are still accepted.

The definitions for admission and discharge are helpful in determining when an HIS needs to be submitted. 

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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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