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Community Care Call Center to Help Veterans with Choice Program Billing Issues Announced by VA
2016 MedPAC Report Issued
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Community Care Call Center to Help Veterans with Choice Program Billing Issues Announced by VA

On Monday, March 14, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a Community Care Call Center to assist veterans with resolving adverse credit reporting or debt collection issues resulting from inappropriate or delayed Choice Program billing.

“There should be no bureaucratic burden that stands in the way of Veterans getting care,” said Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health. “We continue to work to make the program more Veteran-friendly.”

Last year, reports surfaced of veterans across the country facing delays and denials in services. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) received reports of VA denying authorizations and renewal authorizations of home health and other services due to funding shortages. NAHC contacted VA officials along with Congressional staff responsible for VA health care, reporting the problems facing veteran’s in need of home care. Overall, VA health care has been in the spotlight with repeated instances of care access problems and quality of care concerns. The home care issues are another example of those problems.

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2016 MedPAC Report Issued

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has issued its annual Report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policy. 

As previously covered in NAHC Report here, for both home health and hospice, MedPAC recommends that Congress eliminate the updates for the 2017 payment year. As the annual payment updates for both home health and hospice are set in statute, elimination of the payment updates for 2017 would require legislative action.

Relative to hospice payment policy, MedPAC is repeating its recommendation that hospice be included as part of the Medicare Advantage benefit package.

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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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Executive Director of Home Care & Hospice

Hi-Desert Home Health & Hospice   
Tenet Healthcare

Will oversee 2 facilities just outside of Palm Springs, CA. Responsible for all aspects of operations, financial management, quality initiatives and regulatory compliance:

  • Annual budgeting and other financial metrics
    Oversees all marketing initiatives and ensures consistent branding
  • Creates a culture that is committed to employee engagement & satisfaction
  • Ensures that clinical care is of the highest level and supported by evidence-based research
  • Creates a system that supports recruitment, orientation and retention of high-performing personnel
  • Integrates care coordination processes with local hospitals, physician groups and negotiates contracts and agreements
  • Assures compliance with federal and state regulations, accrediting bodies and all other applicable standards
  • Prepares Annual Report on organizational goals and accomplishments. Holds the Professional Advisory Committee meeting to share results of the report
  • Liaison to the Governing Body and attends meetings as requested by the Governing Body

Bachelor's degree required, Masters preferred.  5 years of progressive health care management experience, preferably in a home health or hospice. Successful record of leading complex organizations, financial acumen, specifically with regards to home health regulatory requirements. Hospital -based Home Care preferred.

Contact: 469.893.6740
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