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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2839, 2/5/2016
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Hospice Reminder! Are You Ready to Calculate and Report Your Aggregate Cap?
Mileage Study Press Conference Highlights: Mark Begich on the Foundation’s Role in Conducting Research and Surveys
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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Hospice Reminder! Are You Ready to Calculate and Report Your Aggregate Cap?
Submission Deadline is March 31

Beginning with the 2014 Cap year, hospices are required to annually calculate and report their estimated aggregate Cap to their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) no earlier than three months after and no later than five months following the end of the hospice Cap year (the 2015 year closed on October 31, 2015). The latest a hospice may file its self-calculated aggregate Cap calculation for the 2015 Cap year is March 31, 2016. Failure to file the Cap calculation on a timely basis and address any Cap-related liability will result in payment suspension.

Early in 2015 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began a systems change that moved access to the Provider Statistical & Reimbursement Report (PS&R) from the IACS system to the EIDM system. Difficulties with the transition created challenges for some hospice providers related to securing their PS&R data to calculate their estimated aggregate Cap for the 2014 Cap year.  That transition was completed during the summer of 2015, and all hospice providers should ensure that they are registered in the EIDM system and that their account is active so that they may access their PS&R data to calculate their estimated 2015 aggregate Cap. A link to a CMS web page providing guidance on EIDM password reset and account registration is available here. For hospices whose accounts in EIDM are active, you may login here.

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Mileage Study Press Conference Highlights: Mark Begich on the Foundation’s Role in Conducting Research and Surveys

When former Senator Mark Begich joined NAHC and the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare last year, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris welcomed him by saying, “Senator Begich is one of the brightest, most creative and caring people that I have ever met. He has lived his life in accordance with very high values. He has fought for the ill, elderly, and disabled persons all of his life.”

Senator Begich spoke at the press conference in his role as President and CEO of the Foundation, which partnered with NAHC to sponsor the mileage study. Begich explained that the Foundation works to advance the practice of high “quality home care and hospice”; expand availability and increase public awareness of these vital services through education; develop certification and accreditation standards; develop home care and hospice quality standards; strengthen and encourage the conduct of ethical standards in delivering home care and hospice services; as well as conduct research and public relations.

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NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, April 4–5, 2016

NAHC is hosting the 2016 March on Washington Conference in the splendid city of Washington, DC. Now is a critical point as we face new rules that could challenge our mission to serve America’s aged, disabled, and ill. Join us as we work to make home care and hospice the center of health care in our country.

The nation’s capital is the heart of legislative activity that affects home care and hospice. That makes it the perfect place to raise awareness of the vital work we do. Together, we can deliver a unified message to those who make the policies that shape our business. Take advantage of this chance to lobby your lawmakers, connect with colleagues, and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

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