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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2851, 2/25/2016
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NAHC Announces Day-Long, Intensive Educational Program on Home Health Value Based Purchasing with State Association Partners in Nine States
Members of Congress Discuss Aging Population, Growing Demand for Nurses
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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NAHC Announces Day-Long, Intensive Educational Program on Home Health Value Based Purchasing with State Association Partners in Nine States

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced that it will be offering a new educational program on the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Pilot (HHVBP) program with its state association partners in each of the nine states. The educational program will start taking place in some locations in March 2016, with others in April 2016.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun its HHVBP program as outlined in the Final Rule issued as part of the 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment rule. Home health agencies in the nine states will be competing against one another for payment bonuses and payment reductions. Starting this year, agencies will have the opportunity to qualify for a bonus payment of up to 3 percent and rising to 8 percent over the next five years. However, agencies are also at risk for payment reductions in the same 3 – 8 percent range if their performance is below average. Previous NAHC Report coverage regarding the HHVBP program is available here, here and here.

“The words Value Based Purchasing mean that the way Medicare pays home health is being radically changed. The stated intention is to reward quality. While we appreciate this intent, we at NAHC are working with the nine states that are part of the CMS demonstration program and offering seminars to help our members understand what this means. We also want to ensure that this change fulfills its promise of making things better for patients and providers and does not deteriorate into a bald effort to cut spending across the board for the entire home health community,” said Denise Schrader, Chairman of the Board.

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Members of Congress Discuss Aging Population, Growing Demand for Nurses
Secretary Burwell States the Importance of Allowing Nurses to “Operate at the Top of their License”

On Wednesday, February 24, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Secretary Sylvia Burwell testified at the hearing and fielded questions on issues of concern to the members of the Committee, and two Representatives raised the issue of the growing demand for nurses with an aging population.

Representative Lois Capps (D-CA-24) highlighted the importance of federal investment in the training and retention of the nursing workforce. Rep. Capps has introduced the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2713) to reauthorize Title VIII programs supporting the training, education, recruitment and retention of a qualified health care workforce.

“Our nation faces the challenge of caring for a growing patient population with limited resources,” Rep. Capps said. “Title VIII provides critical federal grants for nursing schools and organizations to advance their educational programs, promote diversity in the field, re-pay loans for nursing students who work in facilities with critical shortages, and train geriatric nurses.”

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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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