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MedPAC to Recommend Zero Hospice Update for FY 2017
Private Duty Conference Spotlight: Education Session on Accreditation
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MedPAC to Recommend Zero Hospice Update for FY 2017
Future discussions to include hospice in NF, variation in utilization by provider type

At its meeting held on December 10, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed recent changes to the Medicare hospice benefit as well as reviewed data on payment adequacy and benefit utilization as part of its discussion on payment recommendations to be included in its annual March Report to Congress. After consideration of these factors, the panel gave preliminary approval to a recommendation that Congress eliminate the hospice payment update for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The Commission will meet in January to finalize its recommendations.  MedPAC plans to monitor the redistributional impact of the payment reform changes scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2016, as part of future payment adequacy discussions.

As part of its deliberations on payment adequacy, the panel reviewed factors related to access (including the supply of providers and volume of services provided), quality of care, access to capital, and hospice payments/costs. This is the standard framework MedPAC uses when developing payment recommendations for all provider types.

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Private Duty Conference Spotlight: Education Session on Accreditation

The 2016 Private Duty Conference will include the education session, “Accreditation.” NAHC Report asked one of the faculty, Lucy Andrews, CEO of At Your Service Home Care in Northern California, to provide information about the key insights and value of the session.

“The private duty sector of home care is the fastest growing area of senior services, yet for years there has really been no agreed upon national standard for care and quality,” Andrews said. “To date there is no program for private duty agencies written and vetted by home care providers themselves specific to this sector of the industry.”

“This accreditation program offers agencies large and small the opportunity to set the standard in their own community of what quality and service looks like along with benchmarking across the country,” she said. “With a price point that any agency can afford, private duty providers can now be accredited at the national level.” In addition, she said, for the basic accreditation, agencies can do “the entire process remotely and online.”

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2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference

At the Private Duty Home Care Conference, you’ll participate in education sessions on marketing and operations tactics, financial acuity, staff recruitment and retention, and more. You’ll hear from leaders and experts at lectures, roundtables, panel discussions, and more. You’ll learn from success stories and pioneering strategies with statistical analysis, data-driven forecasting, improvement studies, and more. Our conference faculty will guide you through legal and regulatory changes. We value what Private Duty brings to the industry and we support your business achievements.

The Private Duty Home Care Conference will feature one-and-half days of speakers, education sessions, and networking opportunities in charming Charleston, South Carolina where you’ll enjoy special rates at the Doubletree Hotel in the heart of the Market District. Reserve your room now to take advantage of our special low rate of $159 while rooms are still available.

This conference is where you can get real solutions to real issues. So, together we can make real progress.

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