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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2855, 3/2/2016
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CMS Issues Medicaid Face to Face Rule
National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Announced
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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CMS Issues Medicaid Face to Face Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that would require a face to face encounter for beneficiaries receiving Medicaid home health services, and provides other clarifications and enhancements to the Medicaid program.

The final rule aligns with Medicare timeframes for the face-to-face encounter for home health services and medical supplies, equipment, and appliances. Specifically, the final rule requires that for the initial ordering of home health services the physician must document that a face-to-face encounter that is related to the primary reason the beneficiary requires home health services occurred no more than 90 days before or 30 days after the start of services. For the initial ordering of medical supplies, equipment, or appliances, the physician or authorized NPP must document that the face-to-face encounter occurred no more than six months prior to the start of services. The face-to-face encounter for home health and medical supplies, equipment, and appliances may be performed by the physician or certain authorized NPPs. The rule also provides for the use of telehealth, as defined by the state, for the F2F encounters.

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National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Announced
Deadline to Complete the Input Survey Extended to This Friday, March 5

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced the launch of the 2016 National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study. NAHC is once again a leading sponsor of this critically important study and is represented on its national steering committee.

According to NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, “This national study will provide our industry with critical insights and information about industry trends and best practices for the future. The 2013 edition was the largest in the history of home health and hospice, and the 2016 research will be even more important given the growing challenges facing our industry including the move toward value based purchasing.”

Phase one of this national endeavor is to solicit input on the study’s design. The steering committee, a prestigious group of leaders of state and national associations and of agencies in every region, is looking for input on the questions to be asked and has created a “pre-survey” that takes less than ten minutes to complete. Halamandaris is urging NAHC members to complete the survey. The deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. EST on March 5. Those interested may click here to participate: Input Survey.

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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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