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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2695, 7/1/2015
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NAHC Comments on FY2016 Hospice Proposed Payment Rule
As Fourth of July Approaches, NAHC President Halamandaris and Senator Begich Visit Home Care Patients
For Your Information: Registration is now open for NAHC’s 2015 Annual Meeting
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NAHC Comments on FY2016 Hospice Proposed Payment Rule

On April 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed rule governing payment and policy changes for the 2016 fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015. The proposed rule contains numerous policy changes in the hospice arena as described here. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments and recommendations on the proposal earlier this week.

NAHC’s comment letter to CMS includes general comments on the rule, specific policy concerns and suggestions related to the proposed payment and quality changes, and makes recommendations related to implementation of the proposed changes. NAHC notes at the start of its letter that a particular concern in analyzing the proposed payment changes is that CMS has not released the technical report that reflects information about the proposed payment reforms for hospice; failure to release the report has made it more challenging to assess alternative payment changes. For this reason, NAHC has urged CMS to release the technical report as soon as possible so that the hospice community has more information related to the decisions that CMS made on payment reform.

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As Fourth of July Approaches, NAHC President Halamandaris and Senator Begich Visit Home Care Patients
Visits Demonstrate that Home Care Improves Freedom and Quality of Life

As our nation celebrates the Fourth of July, we are grateful for our Founding Fathers who established our nation based on core principles including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are also grateful for our military service members, who fight courageously every day to protect these principles and our freedoms.

During this time of gratitude, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is further expressing appreciation for our home care and hospice nurses and professionals for providing their patients and clients with the freedom to stay in their homes while receiving quality, affordable care.

The freedom and quality of life afforded to patients through home care were on full display last week when NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris and former Senator Mark Begich, Vice President for Policy and Development at NAHC, went on two home care visits with Johns Hopkins Home Care Group (JHCG) in Maryland. Halamandaris and Begich interviewed JHCG President Dan Smith, before visiting the homes of geriatric patient Milton “Spike” Schnitzker and pediatric patient Gabe Schultz.

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Registration is now open for NAHC’s 2015 Annual Meeting

Registration for NAHC’s Annual Meeting is now open! The conference is October 28-30, 2015, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

To register for the conference and to make your reservation at the Gaylord Opryland, click here.

 

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