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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2842, 2/10/2016
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NAHC Announces Plan to Recruit and Train Needed Home Care and Hospice Workers: Creates Home Care University and Announces Relationship with Relias Learning
CMS Issues a New Condition Code for Home Health Claims
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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NAHC Announces Plan to Recruit and Train Needed Home Care and Hospice Workers: Creates Home Care University and Announces Relationship with Relias Learning
Efforts will provide key training and education to support the fast-growing needs of the home care and hospice community

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today announced a new partnership with Relias Learning, the leader in online training and compliance solutions for the healthcare market, which will offer a wide range of online training and education solutions.

NAHC Chairman Denise Schrader announced that NAHC will continue offering educational components, but will utilize Relias to meet its ambitious goal to train thousands of employees who provide quality home care and hospice services. NAHC and Relias will do this through Home Care University, a division of NAHC's Foundation for Hospice and Homecare. “We intend to help solve what the Bureau of Labor Statistics sees as the most critical employment need the nation faces in the near future--highly skilled and caring, in-home nurses, aides and therapists,” said Ms. Schrader.

“Since NAHC was founded in 1982 the number of home care and hospice patients served increased from less than a million to more than 14 million annually. The number of infirm, disabled and dying persons needing help to remain independent at home is projected to double in the next 20 years. We will need more trained home care personnel to meet their needs. We are proud to join with Relias to accomplish this goal and guarantee the highest quality care is delivered to all,” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC.

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CMS Issues a New Condition Code for Home Health Claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request (CR) 9497 which adds a new condition code for home health (HH) claims, addresses unintended consequences of the implementation of new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for skilled nursing visits, and contains a number of routine maintenance revisions to home health billing instructions manual.

CMS will be implementing a new condition code 54 “No skilled HH visits in billing period” effective on July 1, 2016, that permits HH claims for subsequent episodes to process even if they do not contain any skilled services. Currently, any HH claim submitted without a skilled visit is automatically returned to the provider. Although this is always appropriate for claims for episodes that are the first episode in a sequence of episodes or are the only episode of care, claims for subsequent episode are also being returned if they do not include a skilled visit.

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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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