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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2844, 2/16/2016
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NAHC, Affiliates Releases Hospice Payment Reform White Paper
Cosponsor Update: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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NAHC, Affiliates Releases Hospice Payment Reform White Paper

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) and Hospice Association of America (HAA) jointly have issued a Hospice Payment Reform White Paper that was developed in recent months by a working group of the HHFMA.  The White Paper contains a narrative discussion of the proposed and final Medicare payment reform changes effective for services provided on or after January 1, 2016.  The paper provides an overview of the two payment levels for routine home care (RHC) and the Service Intensity Add-on (SIA), impact of the changes on claims submission and processing (with information on special circumstances that apply when SIA days cross a month’s end), guidance on the impact of the changes on revenue recognition for gross revenue, and other issues.

In related news, late last year NAHC issued a Q & A document on RHC payment changes and the SIA; the document is available here for reference.

The Hospice Payment Reform White Paper is available for review here and on the HHFMA’s Member Resources page.  Special thanks to Dave Macke of Von Lehman CPA and Advisory Firm and Patrick Brown of Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, as well as all members of the working group, for their contribution to this effort.

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Cosponsor Update: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578 / H.R. 1342), which would allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services, now has 176 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as 43 cosponsors in the U.S. Senate.

The most recent Members of Congress to join the legislation as cosponsors are Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA-1), who both officially joined on February 12, 2016.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) encourages everyone to act now to request that your members cosponsor the bill. NAHC has updated its congressional checklist tracking the cosponsors of the legislation by state. The checklist allows NAHC members to easily see which members of Congress have and have not cosponsored the legislation. To view the cosponsor checklist for the Senate bill click here, and to view the checklist for the House bill click here.

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NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, April 3–5, 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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