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Senators Send Letter to CMS Opposing Case Mix Cuts and Value-Based Purchasing Penalties
Hospice Quality: Updated “Getting Started with the HIS” Fact Sheet and Hospice CAHPS Updates
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Senators Send Letter to CMS Opposing Case Mix Cuts and Value-Based Purchasing Penalties

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), sent a letter on Thursday, September 24, to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that urges CMS to withdraw their proposed case mix cuts and unsustainable value-based purchasing penalties. In addition to sending its own comments to CMS opposing these proposals, NAHC enlisted Congressional support in order to convince CMS to back off the rate cuts and revise the Value-Based Purchasing proposal.

The Senate effort follows a similar letter announced earlier this week signed by 133 members of the U.S. House of Representatives (see previous NAHC Report article here). The four bipartisan Senators who signed the letter each hold important positions in the U.S. Senate. Collins is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging; Roberts, Schumer, and Stabenow all serve on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid; and Schumer is the leading candidate to become the next Senate Democratic Leader when Senator Harry Reid steps down next year.

“NAHC would like to express its gratitude to Senators Collins, Stabenow, Roberts and Schumer, for signing this letter in support of home health services for Medicare beneficiaries,” said Val J. Halamandaris. “Like the House letter sent last week, this letter sends a strong message that CMS should withdraw their proposed case mix cuts and unsustainable value-based purchasing penalties. These additional payment modifications would be devastating for home health agencies, particularly small and rural providers, and would endanger Medicare patients’ ability to receive the care they need in their homes. The support from these Senators helps NAHC and its members deliver the message to CMS that they should withdraw or modify these additional proposed punitive cuts.”

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Hospice Quality: Updated “Getting Started with the HIS” Fact Sheet and Hospice CAHPS Updates
Getting Started with the HIS

An updated version of the “Getting Started with the HIS” Fact Sheet is now available for provider download on the  HIS portion of the CMS HQRP website. Providers should review this updated fact sheet for more information about Hospice Item Set (HIS) reporting requirements.  Following is a link to the HIS page of the HQRP website.

The “Getting Started…”  fact sheet outlines the three primary phases of HIS reporting and provides resources to help providers successfully execute each of these phases. Additionally, this fact sheet provides instructions for using Final Validation reports to verify that HIS records were successfully received and processed following submission to the QIES ASAP system. Lastly, the fact sheet includes a brief list of tips and best practices which were compiled based on feedback received from the provider community following the implementation of the HIS.

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2015 Annual Meeting Deadlines

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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

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