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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2711, 7/24/2015
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CMS Proposed Changes to the HHQRP
NAHC Offers Preview of Exciting Education Tracks Available at 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition
For Your Information: Major Players in Passing Medicare and Medicaid Legislation: Emanuel Celler
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CMS Proposed Changes to the HHQRP

In the proposed rule for the calendar year (CY) 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes additional home health quality reporting requirements as part of the home health quality reporting program (HHQRP).

The HHQRP requires that home health agencies submit selected quality data in order to receive the full annual payment update (APU) for the payment year associated with the respective reporting year. Agencies that do not submit the quality data, as required by the HHQRP, are subject to a 2% market basket percentage reduction in payments.

The current HHQRP requires agencies to submit 70% of their Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) quality assessments and quarterly Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) data in order to receive the full APU. 

In the proposed rule, CMS proposes to increase the OASIS assessment submission threshold to 80% for the reporting year that begins July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, for payment year 2018, and 90 % for the reporting year July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, for payment year 2019 and forward.

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NAHC Offers Preview of Exciting Education Tracks Available at 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is holding its 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 28-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The two-plus-day Annual Meeting will include 10 education tracks, each with nine 60-minute educational programs. The educational tracks include: Clinical; Financial; Health Information Technology; Hospice; Human Resources; Legal & Regulatory; Management & Leadership; Marketing & Business Development; Private Duty; and Improvements in the Quality of Care.

Individuals who attend the 2015 Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Continuing Education credits in-person, as well as additional credits through programs that will be available online. All of the course offerings will be available for credits to Nurses and Certified Public Accountants. Specific courses and credits will be available to Nursing Home Administrators, Assisted Living Administrators, and Social Workers.

“There’s no place you can go to get more information about home care and hospice. We’re offering two-plus days of 90 high-caliber education sessions. Each education session offers comprehensive and precise information that you can implement immediately upon returning to your workplace,” said NAHC President Val. J. Halamandaris.

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Major Players in Passing Medicare and Medicaid Legislation
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid legislation on July 30, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice is recognizing individuals who played an important role in passing the legislation throughout July.

Emanuel Celler was a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York for nearly 50 years. The end of his Congressional service came in 1972 when he became the most senior Congressman at the time to ever lose a primary election. During his time in Congress, Celler was a strong advocate for social programs, including health care and civil rights legislation. Born in Brooklyn, Celler graduated from Columbia University and Columbia Law School before becoming a practicing lawyer. In 1923, Celler was elected to the United States Congress representing the district that included Brooklyn and Queens. One of the bills he helped champion was the Medicare bill. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Celler also authored and guided through Congress multiple civil rights bills. “I feel like I’ve climbed Mount Everest,” he said after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite his exertion to pass that bill, he believed hard work was not the only key to success in Congress. “To be a successful Congressman,” he said, “one must have the friendliness of a child, the enthusiasm of a teen-ager, the assurance of a college boy, the diplomacy of a wayward husband, the curiosity of a cat and the good humor of an idiot.”


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The Director executes direct administration of the Community Nurses Inc. System Home Health and Hospice departments, Adult Day Services and Support Services as evidenced by achieving results in clinical quality, service excellence, human resources management and financial management.  The Director assists in developing and implementing a strategic plan for the growth and development of Community Nurses Inc. services in collaboration with the AVP of Home Health/Hospice and other Penn Highlands Healthcare leadership.


  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing, Business Administration, or related field required; Masters Degree in Nursing, Business Administration, or related field preferred.
  • System management experience preferred.
  • Five years home health/hospice nursing experience preferred.
  • Two years management experience in home health/hospice setting required.
  • Demonstrates effective communication and collaboration skills with physician and all other members of the health care team
  • Progressive and successful work history
  • Specialty certification preferred

Interested candidates please submit a resume and cover letter for consideration. FAX:  814-788-8046 OR E-MAIL:


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