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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2760, 10/1/2015
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Homecare Advocate Testifies Before House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health: Hearing Held to Discuss Legislation to Reform the Home Health Face-to-Face Physician Documentation Requirement
CMS Issues Technical Corrections to Final FY2016 Hospice Payment Rule
For Your Information: 2015 Annual Meeting Deadlines
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Homecare Advocate Testifies Before House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health: Hearing Held to Discuss Legislation to Reform the Home Health Face-to-Face Physician Documentation Requirement

The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Thursday, October 1, on three bills to improve the Medicare program, including the draft legislation, the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR). The legislation would reform the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) home health face-to-face encounter documentation requirement by eliminating unnecessary paperwork, refocusing the requirement on patients who may not have a strong relationship with their physicians, and preventing unwarranted claim denials for patients where the overall record demonstrates that the patient meets Medicare coverage standards. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted formal testimony at the hearing in support of Congressman Walden’s proposed legislation.

“NAHC strongly supports the proposed reforms as needed to address the unmanageable rules that have been instituted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requiring extensive and unnecessary paperwork from physicians,” NAHC stated in its testimony. “The bill would specifically address the two most important reforms that are needed: the documentation requirements and the unnecessary application of the requirements to patients admitted to home health services following an inpatient stay where multiple physician/patient encounters occur… In addition, it would address the past claim denials that were issued through application of a documentation standard that no one could understand, a standard later abandoned by CMS. NAHC supports each of these necessary reforms.”

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CMS Issues Technical Corrections to Final FY2016 Hospice Payment Rule

On September 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted for public inspection at the Office of the Federal Register “Medicare Program; FY2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; Correction”; this notice makes minor corrections to the final FY2016 Hospice payment rule that was published on August 6.

The most significant of the corrections relates to a data element in Table 25 on page 47182 (FY2016 Hospice Payment Rates for CHC, IRC, and GIP for Hospices that DO NOT Submit the Required Quality Data); CMS published an hourly rate of $38.67 for Continuous Home Care (CHC), but the correct rate is $38.59.

Elsewhere, CMS corrected references to tables on pages 47203 and 47205; a reference on 47203 to Table H1 SHOULD have read “Table 29), while a reference on page 47205 that read “Table H2” should have read “Table 30”.

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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

POSITION SUMMARY

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.

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 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.

ANY INTERESTED CANDIDATES MUST APPLY ON OUR CAREER WEBSITE AT:
https://external-drmc.icims.com/jobs/

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Please forward your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Ann Bohac, HR Recruiter VNA Care Network & Hospice at abohac@vnacarenetwork.org    or visit our website at vnacarenetwork.org

 

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