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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2840, 2/8/2016
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Medicare Prior Authorization Proposed for Home Health Services
Hospice CAHPS Notices and Reminders Posted Online
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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Medicare Prior Authorization Proposed for Home Health Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a demonstration program on Medicare home health prior authorization in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, and Massachusetts. The announcement was buried in a Paperwork Reduction Act notice in the Federal Register (available here).  

The states involved are all under the HHS/DOJ fraud enforcement program known as H.E.A.T. except for Massachusetts. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) expects to oppose it as the antifraud enforcement efforts are already well targeted. As such, a prior authorization program will raise administrative costs with little or no return.

The proposal is open for public comment until April 5, 2016. We encourage everyone, including those outside of the targeted states, to consider submitting comments. NAHC will make its draft comments available for your review in the near future.

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Hospice CAHPS Notices and Reminders Posted Online

Following are five notices recently posted to the CAHPS Hospice Survey webpage.  In particular, vendors and hospice providers should take note of the February 10 data submission deadline for CAHPS Hospice Surveys from Quarter 3 of 2015.

REMINDER: CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 3 2015 Data Submission Deadline is Wednesday, February 10:  The deadline for survey vendors to submit CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 3 2015 (patient deaths in July, August and September 2015) data is February 10, 2016. Survey vendors are responsible for successfully submitting files by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Following the submission of survey data to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse, an automated email will be sent to CAHPS Hospice Survey vendors advising if the uploaded file did not meet the established naming standards. If the uploaded file fails to meet the established naming standard, the file will not be processed. A correct file will need to be resubmitted prior to the deadline. Please note — if the file has been sent with the correct naming standard, the survey vendor will not receive this email.

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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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