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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2754, 9/23/2015
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NAHC Meets with Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group to Discuss Recommendations
CMS Advances Provider-Based Hospice Cost Report Changes
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NAHC Meets with Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group to Discuss Recommendations

The Senate Finance Committee invited the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) to meet with staff on Wednesday, September 23, to discuss recommendations NAHC submitted to the Committee’s chronic care working group earlier this year. In June 2015, the Senate Finance Committee announced the creation of a bipartisan chronic care working group, which is led by Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) (see previous NAHC Report article here). The working group is seeking recommendations from health care stakeholders in order to assess current law and develop policy and legislative proposals to improve chronic care. NAHC has submitted recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee chronic care working group on better integrating home health and hospice to achieve superior outcomes in chronic care management.

Summary of NAHC’s Recommendations

NAHC’s recommendations were included in a letter to the Committee from NAHC Board Chairman Denise Schrader and President Val J. Halamandaris. “With chronic disease now accounting for almost 93 percent of Medicare spending, we agree that the impact of chronic disease on the Medicare program and those it serves is staggering and must be addressed with better chronic disease management,” NAHC stated in the letter. In order to improve chronic care services, NAHC recommended a “broad and appropriate” role for home health services that encompasses not only post-acute care but also pre-acute care.

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CMS Advances Provider-Based Hospice Cost Report Changes
NAHC “Scorecard” Provides Access to Status, Latest Versions of Document

Since 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been working to revise all hospice cost reports to require reporting of costs by level of care and require greater cost detail overall.  On September 11, 2014, NAHC Report published, “Cost Report Update for Provider-based Hospices; Home Health Cost Report Changes Pending.”  Since then, there have been developments in this area, including the following:

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has secured copies of the supporting documents associated with changes proposed for the home health agency-based hospices (Form CMS-1728-94) as follow:

  • Home Health Agency Cost Report Instructions with proposed revisions
  • Form CMS-1728-94 with proposed revisions
  • Revisions to Form CMS-1728-94 HHA Cost Report Application/Update Form (crosswalk)
  • Supporting Statement for Form CMS-1728-94 Home Health Agency Cost Report

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2015 Annual Meeting Deadlines

Register Today!

NAHC’s Annual Meeting is October 28-30, in Nashville, Tenn. A limited number of discounted rooms are available through September 28. To register for the conference and book your room for the hotel, click here.

Remember: The Early Bird registration rate for the conference expires on October 11. To get the lowest rate, register now!

Assistant Vice President, Home Health/Hospice – Full Time


The Assistant Vice President, Home Health/Hospice executes direct administration of the Penn Highlands Healthcare System Home Health and Hospice departments as evidenced by achieving results in clinical quality, service excellence, human resources management and financial management. The Assistant Vice President assists in developing and implementing a strategic plan for the growth and development of the System's home health and hospice services.


  • 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 required;
  • 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

Penn Highlands DuBois is the best of modern health care technology, plus the best of small town America!

Located in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands of Pennsylvania, you don't have to be a native to feel at home here. No matter where your roots, you'll quickly recognize that the staff at Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD), like other residents of the community, will make you feel right at home.

Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD) offers residents of west central Pennsylvania a rare combination of technologically advanced health care in a warm, friendly environment. Widely recognized as one of the leading health centers of its kind in the commonwealth, PHD is an oasis of clinical and technical excellence, with a focus on patient-centered care. Its rural setting is just far enough from the hustle of the city life to make it peaceful, but close enough to provide easy access to sought-after urban attractions.


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