Skip to Main Content
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Twitter Facebook Pintrest
:: NAHC Report
  NAHC Report: Issue# 2769, 10/14/2015
Follow us on: 
NAHC Hosts Meeting with the CMS ICD-10 Ombudsman
CMS and ONC Release Final Rule Pertaining to Health IT Certification Criteria
For Your Information: Web Event: Achieving Compliance with the New Federal Companionship Services and Live-in Overtime Compensation Rules
Job Corner: Assistant Vice President, Home Health/Hospice – Full Time
Email Center


Manage Your Account Contact the Editor Ensure Delivery Advertise in NAHC Report

NAHC Hosts Meeting with the CMS ICD-10 Ombudsman

On Thursday, October 8, 2015 the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) hosted an initial meeting of key home health and hospice stakeholders with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ICD-10 ombudsman, Dr. William Rogers. The group agreed to work together over the next 18 to 24 months to provide support to agencies as they transition to ICD-10. 

The newly established ICD-10 Transition Workgroup will be the conduit through which ICD-10 transition-related questions and concerns are channeled to CMS, with the intent of supporting the Ombudsman in his efforts to quickly reach resolution.

Dr. Rogers agreed that it is important that all providers be properly paid for the services they provide. Since home health payments are tied directly to the code selection and sequencing it is particularly important that issues be addressed in a timely manner. Relative to hospice, Dr. Rogers was alerted to concerns that inappropriate use of the code sets on the Notice of Election (NOE) will result in lost revenue; additionally, NAHC stressed that, due to historic reliance of CMS, the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and providers on Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), some hospices are not as fully versed in coding guidelines and practice as some other provide types.

:: Read Full Article

CMS and ONC Release Final Rule Pertaining to Health IT Certification Criteria

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) last week released several final rules pertaining to health information technology, including final rules for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs, and for the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria (2015 Edition). While stages 2 and 3 of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive program have no impact on home health due to the fact that home health agencies are ineligible for the incentive program, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is reviewing the 2015 Edition of the Health IT Certification program as it contains modular EHR standards of interest to LTPAC providers, such as a transitions of care dataset.

:: Read Full Article

Web Event: Achieving Compliance with the New Federal Companionship Services and Live-in Overtime Compensation Rules

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern

Program Description:

The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) issued new rules that effectively eliminate the minimum wage and overtime compensation exemptions that had been applied to personal care services in home care. While the DoL originally planned for these changes to take effect on January 1, 2015, a lawsuit brought by NAHC and others delayed those rules until October 13. Chief Justice Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court denied the request for a stay of the Court of Appeals ruling and NAHC is appealing the case to the whole Court. However, these rules go into affect pending the appeal outcome.

Program Objectives:

  • Understand the status of the lawsuit challenging the validity of the DoL rules
  • Identify the nature of the rule changes affecting "companionship services" and "live-in domestic services" under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Recognize the business options available to address new minimum wage and overtime compensation requirements
  • Identify the steps neccessary to achieve compliance with the new requirements

Panel of NAHC Experts:

  • Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, NAHC
  • William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, NAHC
  • Angelo Spinola, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC


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

Click Here to Register!


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.


KEYWORD SEARCH:  2015-8245

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


©  National Association for Home Care & Hospice. All Rights Reserved.