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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2688, 6/19/2015
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Home-Based Demonstration Model Saves Medicare $25 Million during First Year
House Moves One Step Closer to Passing Bill to Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board
For Your Information: Early Registration Ends June 23rd for the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition
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Home-Based Demonstration Model Saves Medicare $25 Million during First Year
NAHC President Says it is “More Evidence Home is the Center of Health Care,” Urges Expanded Focus on Chronic Care Management

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week hailed a home-based health care demonstration project that resulted in Medicare savings during its first year as evidence of the benefits of caring for patients in their homes. In an announcement Thursday, CMS stated that the Independence at Home Demonstration, implemented under the Affordable Care Act, saved over $25 million during the demonstration’s first performance year.

In addition to the cost savings, the demonstration project resulted in fewer hospital readmissions and higher quality care.

Independence at Home Demonstration tests a service delivery and payment incentive model using home-based primary care teams to treat Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Directed by physicians and nurse practitioners, the teams are measured and provided incentives based on their performances improving health outcomes and reducing expenditures.

In announcing the results, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt stated the demonstration proves that caring for those with chronic conditions in their homes is higher quality and more affordable. “These results support what most Americans already want—that chronically ill patients can be better taken care of in their own homes. This is a great common sense way for Medicare beneficiaries to get better quality care with smarter spending from Medicare,” said Slavitt. “The Independence at Home Demonstration is one of the tools of the Affordable Care Act that can bring down the long-term cost of care in a patient-centered manner.”

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House Moves One Step Closer to Passing Bill to Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board
Majority of Lawmakers Vote to Move Bill Forward, Final Passage to Occur Next Week

The House of Representatives this week moved one step closer to passing legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by approving a procedural motion allowing final passage of the legislation in the coming week. The House held the procedural vote in addition to voting to repeal the medical device tax, both of which were votes the House scheduled earlier in the week, as previously reported.

In order to become law, the IPAB repeal legislation would still need to pass the Senate and be signed by the President. However, the House vote indicates the serious concerns about IPAB and the overwhelming support in Congress for repealing the board moving forward.

“This is an agency that I believe should not exist and does not follow our democratic ideals,” said Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) during the debate over the legislation.

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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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