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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2845, 2/17/2016
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CMS Releases Home Health-Based Hospice Cost Report Changes for Further Industry Review
Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Senators Wyden and Warner Emphasize Care Planning Act and End of Life Issues with HHS Secretary Burwell
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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CMS Releases Home Health-Based Hospice Cost Report Changes for Further Industry Review

In recent years the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been expanding hospice cost reporting requirements to gather greater detail on costs by level of care. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been monitoring activity in this area and submitting recommendations to CMS through the review and comment process. The revised hospice cost report for freestanding hospice providers became effective for cost reporting years beginning on/after October 1, 2014.  Revisions to all provider-based hospice cost reports are at different points in the public review process but it is expected that all provider-based hospices will be subject to the expanded reporting requirements effective for cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2015.  All hospice providers should be preparing their organizations for the expanded reporting requirements at this time.

The latest version of proposed cost reporting changes for home health-based hospices was released by CMS for public comment on February 10 with a 30-day comment period.  The notice requesting public input is available here, and the supporting documents for the notice are available here.  Of particular note in the supporting documents is a summary of the 60-DAY COMMENTS/RESPONSES FOR CMS-1728-94 as it includes CMS’ views on recommendations from home health and hospice stakeholders relative to the initial revisions proposed in September 2015.  As part of the comments, CMS confirms previous communication with NAHC and others related to use of square footage vs. dollar value as the statistical basis for capital-related movable equipment costs.  Additionally, CMS communicates that it does not intend to delay the effective date for changes to the provider-based hospice cost reporting requirements beyond the currently planned application for cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2015.

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Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Senators Wyden and Warner Emphasize Care Planning Act and End of Life Issues with HHS Secretary Burwell

On Thursday, February 11, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the President’s budget proposal for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and received testimony from HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. During the hearing, Ranking Minority Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) emphasized the importance of the Care Planning Act (S. 1549) and end of life issues.
 
Last year, on June 10, 2015, Senator Warner along with Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced a revised version of the Care Planning Act (see previous NAHC Report article here).  First introduced in August 2013, the legislation was designed to give individuals with serious illness the tools with which to make more informed choices about their care and the power to have those choices honored.

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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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