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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2850, 2/24/2016
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Forthcoming Hospice PEPPER Expands Target Areas for Live Discharge, Diagnoses, and Care Levels
Private Duty Conference Highlights: Recruitment, Retention, and Branding Session Overviews
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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Forthcoming Hospice PEPPER Expands Target Areas for Live Discharge, Diagnoses, and Care Levels
Release Expected mid-April

For several years the TMF Health Quality Institute, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has issued a hospice-specific Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) to help identify areas where the provider may be vulnerable relative to improper payments.  Over time the “target areas” for which data has been made available (comparing hospice-specific data with state, MAC jurisdiction, and national statistics) have been modified and expanded.

TMF is now gearing up to release a new Hospice PEPPER in mid-April 2016 (estimated date of release is April 18).  The forthcoming Hospice PEPPER report includes the following new target areas: 

  • Live Discharges - Revocations
  • Live Discharges with Length of Stay between 61 and 179 days
  • Claims with a Single Diagnosis Coded
  • No General Inpatient Care or Continuous Home Care

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Private Duty Conference Highlights: Recruitment, Retention, and Branding Session Overviews

Private duty home care agency leaders had two days of education sessions at the Private Duty Home Care Conference, hosted by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) in Charleston, South Carolina on February 1-2. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris led the opening general session sharing his views on “The Home Care Agency of the Future” and subsequent sessions covered marketing, compliance, conducting business with ACOs, accreditation, and a national legal update. Bob Roth, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Cypress HomeCare Solutions in Phoenix, Arizona, and Georjean Sweis, Director of Operations for Visiting Angels got to the heart of what makes a home care agency superior with their sessions on branding and staffing.

Bob Roth’s diverse experience spanning the home care and marketing worlds gave him a unique perspective on the power of branding. He stressed that branding is no less important in home care than it is in any other industry – great branding can wield great power. “Branding is a promise and an experience,” he emphasized.

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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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