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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2864, 3/15/2016
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Resources for Effective Lobbying and Capitol Hill Visits by Home Care & Hospice Advocates
Hospice Routine Home Care Level of Care Payment Reform and Service Intensity Add-On Visit Payment Q&As Updated
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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Resources for Effective Lobbying and Capitol Hill Visits by Home Care & Hospice Advocates

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has developed a number of legislative priority “hotsheets” that home care & hospice advocates can use during their meetings with elected officials and staff during the Home Care & Hospice 2016 March on Washington Conference. Separate hotsheets are available for Medicare, Medicaid, Hospice, Private Pay, and Technology issues. The 2016 March on Washington Conference is taking place on April 3 – April 5 in Washington, D.C.

It is particularly important to attend this year’s March on Washington Conference because home care and hospice advocates have a wide range of pressing issues to bring up with their Congressional offices during their time in Washington. Your meetings with Congress will educate Congress about the issues facing the home care and hospice community.

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Hospice Routine Home Care Level of Care Payment Reform and Service Intensity Add-On Visit Payment Q&As Updated

Medicare hospice payment reforms went into effect January 1, 2016. To assist providers, NAHC developed a Q&A document on these reforms – routine home care (RHC) level of care payment reforms and service intensity add-on (SIA) payments. The document has been updated and can be viewed here.

The Medicare Program; FY 2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements (Final Rule) was published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2015. This Final Rule implements two significant reforms to Medicare hospice payments:

  1. Imposition of a two-tiered payment system for the routine home care (RHC) level of care; payment level is based on a beneficiary’s hospice episode days
  2. Creation of a service intensity add-on (SIA) payment for Registered Nurse (RN) and Social Work (SW) visits made in the last seven days of a beneficiary’s life if certain conditions are met. Those conditions are:
    1. The day is a RHC level of care day;
    2. The day occurs during the last 7 days of life (and the beneficiary is discharged dead); and,
    3. Direct patient care is provided by a RN or a social worker

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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.

Register and Book Your Hotel!

View the Conference Program!

 

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