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Panel of Experts to Provide the Latest from Washington on the Legislative and Regulatory Issues Affecting Home Care and Hospice
MedPAC Continues Discussion on Unified Prospective Payment System for Post-Acute Care
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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Panel of Experts to Provide the Latest from Washington on the Legislative and Regulatory Issues Affecting Home Care and Hospice

A panel of experts will provide a national update on the legislative and regulatory activities affecting home care and hospice on Sunday, April 3, at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 March on Washington Conference. It is critical for providers to understand the new federal regulations and legislative proposals that will impact the home care and hospice industry in the near future. Session attendees will gain knowledge of how current, as well as future, regulations and legislative activities directly impact clinical and agency operations, along with the challenges and opportunities these changes present. By keeping abreast of the latest from Washington, attendees at the “National Update on Home Care and Hospice” will be able to not only identify important legislation and regulations, but make needed changes to their procedures.

This year, we have the added attraction of an intense election year involving tight contests for the White House and the control of Congress. In addition to covering the important developments in home care and hospice law and regulation in 2015 and the outlook for 2016 and beyond, the session will present the home care and hospice legislative and regulatory policy priorities for the upcoming year as preparation for attendees’ Congressional visits.

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MedPAC Continues Discussion on Unified Prospective Payment System for Post-Acute Care

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met in early March to continue its discussions on developing a unified prospective payment system (PPS) spanning the post-acute care (PAC) settings. As mandated under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, MedPAC is required to develop a prototype PPS, using the uniform assessment data gathered previously during the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Post-Acute Care Payment Reform Demonstration completed in 2011. MedPAC previously discussed this topic during its January meeting (see previous NAHC Report article here).

According to MedPAC staff, the prototype predicted very similar relative costs of stays for most groups and explained similar shares of the variation in costs across stays. MedPAC also found that the administrative data can be used to establish accurate relative weights for most groups and estimate the impacts of a PAC PPS. However, MedPAC found certain groups had average predicted costs that deviated from average actual costs, which “may warrant payment adjustment,” including unusually short stays (to prevent large overpayments), and high-cost outliers (to protect providers from large losses). MedPAC also found differences that “may warrant further study” including low-volume, isolated providers (to ensure access) and extremely sick patients (to ensure access).

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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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