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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2770, 10/15/2015
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NAHC, other Post-Acute Care Organizations, Express Concerns on House Proposal to Establish Single Value-Based Purchasing Program
NAHC Submits Comments on the F2F Template
For Your Information: Benefit Luncheon at NAHC Annual Meeting
Job Corner: Assistant Vice President, Home Health/Hospice – Full Time
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NAHC, other Post-Acute Care Organizations, Express Concerns on House Proposal to Establish Single Value-Based Purchasing Program
Letter offers recommendations and modifications to make the proposed legislation acceptable to post-acute care community

On Tuesday, October 6, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), along with a coalition of other post-acute care and provider organizations, sent a letter to House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) regarding legislation the lawmakers introduced earlier this year that would establish a single value-based purchasing program (VBP) for all post-acute care (PAC) services. The legislation is called the Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing Act of 2015 (H.R. 3298). (For a summary of H.R. 3298, see previous NAHC Report article here). In the letter, NAHC and others expressed concern with the design of the VBP program and that the legislation does not adhere to the implementation timeline that was established under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, which has not yet been fully implemented.

The letter explains that the IMPACT Act established a “detailed process through which important data will be collected, analyzed and synthesized,” the result of which “could set the stage for significant future changes to existing post-acute care payment policies.” (For more information about the IMPACT Act, see previous NAHC Report article here). “We believe it is important for the process required under the IMPACT Act to be carried out in accordance with the law’s specified timeline,” NAHC and others stated in the letter. “H.R. 3298 is concerning because it does not adhere to the IMPACT Act’s implementation timeline. We conceptually support value-based purchasing and its application to post-acute care providers, though it should be informed by the data and evidence that is to be produced by the IMPACT Act.”

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NAHC Submits Comments on the F2F Template

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the clinical template for the home health face-to-face (F2F) encounter.

CMS announced its plan to develop a F2F clinical template in February 2015 and hosted a series of Open Door Forum calls to obtain stakeholder feedback. CMS developed the template as a tool to assist physicians with medical documentation to support coverage of home health services. The template will be voluntary and may be used as either a paper or electronic progress note.

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Benefit Luncheon at NAHC Annual Meeting

We invite you to attend the annual Caring Awards Ceremony, on Friday October 30th at 10:30 am in Delta Ballroom A, Gaylord Opryland Resort. Following the ceremony, we will be honoring the 10 Caring Awardees at a Benefit Luncheon. You can purchase a ticket for the luncheon online. (Inquiries: 202-547-4273 or info@caring.org)

The Caring Institute is a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization established to promote the acts and values of caring, integrity, and public service.

 

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:
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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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