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NAHC Submits Formal Comments on Medicare Proposal to Bundle Payments for Joint Replacement Services

On Tuesday, September 8, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its proposal to establish a pilot program that “bundles” payments for lower hip and knee joint replacements (see previous NAHC Report article here for a summary of the proposed rule). In a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, NAHC called the proposed rule a “positive step,” and also provided a number of comments and recommendations to improve it. “With the significant growth in joint replacement services, innovative approaches to care and the financing of that care should be explored thoroughly,” NAHC stated. “At the same time, we support CMS’s recognition that innovations be approached carefully to ensure that there are no unintended adverse consequences. In line with such caution, NAHC offers the following comments that are intended to constructively improve the proposal.”

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Update on Letter to CMS: Prevent Payment Cuts and Unsustainable Value Based Purchasing Penalty Percentage

A total of 42 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have now agreed to co-sign the letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to prevent the proposed home health case mix cut and Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) penalty percentage.

The current list of co-signers includes: Greg Walden (R-OR-2), Tom Price (R-GA-6), James P. McGovern (D-MA-2), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY-9), Charles W. Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA-3), Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20), Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA-5), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-9), Richard Hanna (R-NY-22), David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV-1), Patrick Meehan (R-PA-7), Luke Messer (R-IN-6), Devin Nunes (R-CA-22), Mike Thompson (D-CA-5), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-4), Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13), Dave Trott (R-MI-11), Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-NC-3), Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7), Niki Tsongas (D-MA-3), John R. Carter (R-TX-31), Garret Graves (R-LA-6), Michael M.  Honda (D-CA-17), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-1), Tom Marino (R-PA-10), Martha McSally (R-AZ-2), Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2), Peter Welch (D-VT-10), Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Albio Sires (D-NJ-8), and Steve Womack (R-AR-3), Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL-12), Matthew Cartwright (D-PA-17), Paul Cook (R-CA-8), Rick Crawford (R-AR-1), Peter T. King (R-NY-2), Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA-38), Chris Smith (R-NJ-4), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA-3), and Todd Young (R-IN-9).

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NAHC’s Annual Meeting, October 28-30 in Nashville, Tenn., is approaching quickly! We’re proud to bring together not only thought leaders and innovators for our panel discussions and education sessions, but also to our Expo, the largest home care and hospice marketplace in the world.

This year’s Expo is expected to feature nearly 200 specialists and vendors who understand the issues and challenges agencies are facing, and are there to talk with you about solutions. The conference includes 7.5 hours of time, including meals, set aside exclusively for attendees to spend in the Expo, networking with exhibitors.

The array of regulatory and other issues facing home care and hospice, such as changes with the OASIS-C1 data sets and the ICD-10 Coding Manual, adjustments in HHCoP’s and their QAPI requirements, and developments in telehealth regulation, can be tricky to navigate. The Expo at NAHC’s Annual Meeting is the best way to explore potential vendors and specialists who can help you address real problems in your business and care more effectively for your patients.

REGISTER NOW: Join us in “NAHCville” Tennessee, October 28-30!

  • Take an active role in bringing solutions back to your agency.
  • Network with experts about services and products making a real difference.
  • Gain valuable skills to make home care and hospice a better industry.

The Meeting begins at 4:30pm on October 28 for our first education session, so make plans to arrive on Wednesday and stay through the closing party on Friday, October 30.

Booking your hotel and registering for the conference is just one click away.

Remember, special rates at the Gaylord Opryland expire on September 28, 2015!

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