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CMS Posts Hospice CAHPS Quality Updates
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HHS Announces Innovative Model to Address Health-Related Social Needs

The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid. Many of these social issues, such as housing instability, hunger, and interpersonal violence, affect individuals’ health, yet they may not be detected or addressed during typical health care-related visits. Over time, these unmet needs may increase the risk of developing chronic conditions and reduce an individual’s ability to manage these conditions, resulting in increased health care utilization and costs.

Award recipients under this model, referred to as “bridge organizations,” will oversee the screening of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for social and behavioral issues, such as housing instability, food insecurity, utility needs, interpersonal violence, and transportation limitations, and help them connect with and/or navigate the appropriate community-based services. For example, a patient who isn’t taking his medication because he or she lacks transportation to the pharmacy would be referred to federal, state or local assistance programs. Some bridge organizations will assist beneficiaries in applying for community-based services, such as the Low Income Home Energy Program, which can provide much-needed assistance with utility bills and allow beneficiaries to maintain their medication supply rather than having to choose between maintaining their health or paying their heating bill.

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CMS Posts Hospice CAHPS Quality Updates
Include New Files Specs for Use in Feb. 10 Data Submission!

CAHPS Hospice Survey XML File Specification Version 2.1 Released --FOR USE IN UPCOMING FEBRUARY 10, 2016 DATA SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT (notice issues 01/11/2016)

The CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team has released the CAHPS Hospice Survey XML File Specification Version 2.1 (V2.1). The XML File Specification V2.1 will replace V2.0 and must be used for the upcoming February 10, 2016 data submission deadline containing CAHPS Hospice Survey results for Quarter 3 2015 decedents (patients that died in July, August and September 2015). To view or download the XML File Specification V2.1, please click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page. 

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2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference

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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.

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