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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2725, 8/12/2015
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Legislation Could Prevent Premium Increases for Mid-Size Employers
Annual Meeting Spotlight: Clinical Education Sessions
For Your Information: The Final FY2016 Hospice Rule: A Comprehensive Update on Payment and Policy Issues
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Legislation Could Prevent Premium Increases for Mid-Size Employers

There is growing support for legislation in the U.S. Senate to halt the required expansion of the small group market under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In April 2015, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Senator Jean Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act (S. 1099), which now has 27 bipartisan cosponsors in addition to Senators Scott and Shaheen. The legislation seeks to address concerns that expanding the small group market to employers with 51-100 employees as currently required will result in premium increases for mid-sized employers. Instead, the bill would maintain the current definition of small group market which only applies to employers with 50 or fewer employees. Most recently, according to reports, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the bill would save $400 million over 10 years. This legislation could keep premiums from rising for home health and hospice agencies with 51-100 employees that offer health insurance.

“The PACE Act will ensure that small and mid-sized businesses in South Carolina and across America are not faced with drastic premium increases as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” said Senator Scott in announcing the legislation. “Working together, we can find common sense solutions to stop this major disruption for many mid-sized businesses, their employees and their families. I would like to thank Senator Shaheen for working with me on this important effort to support small businesses on Main Street.”

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Annual Meeting Spotlight: Clinical Education Sessions
In coming weeks, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is running a series of articles highlighting the exciting education sessions available under the various education tracks at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Today, we highlight the Clinical education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.

“The Clinical education track will help attendees improve patient care by providing information about implementing new models, partnerships and best practices,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

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The Final FY2016 Hospice Rule: A Comprehensive Update on Payment and Policy Issues
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern

Program Description:

This program will explore hospice policy changes CMS finalized in recent weeks, and provide a comprehensive update of CMS' plans and timelines for implementing reform of the hospice payment system, and changes related to the inpatient and aggregate Caps, the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), and diagnosis coding on claims. Presenters will also discuss potential future policy changes in the hospice arena.

Program Objectives:

  • Describe key elements of CMS' planned revisions to the payment system for Routine Home Care (RHC)
  • Outline changes affecting hospice payment CAP monitoring and reporting
  • Discuss various aspects of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program and anticipated future activities
  • Explain CMS' clarification regarding diagnosis coding on hospice claims

Panel of NAHC Experts:

  • Val J. Halamandaris, President, NAHC
  • Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC
  • Katie Wehri, Hospice Policy Expert, NAHC

Registration:

Webcast and/or Recording
Member:  FREE      Non-member:  $150.00

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DIRECTOR COMMUNITY NURSES INC.

Community Nurses, Inc. was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in the United States for 2015 – Come join our team!

POSITION SUMMARY

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.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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: careers@elkregional.org

 

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