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CMS Official Addresses Outlook on Medicaid Home Care Policy at the March on Washington (Part 1 of 2)
New Data Shows Slight Reduction in Hospice Utilization for 2014
For Your Information:The Premier Event for Financial Managers in Home Care and Hospice
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CMS Official Addresses Outlook on Medicaid Home Care Policy at the March on Washington (Part 1 of 2)
Reminder: 2016 Hospice PEPPER Report Educational Training Set for April 28

Melissa Harris, Senior Policy Advisor for the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), spoke at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 March on Washington Conference regarding the outlook on Medicaid home care policy. In introducing Ms. Harris, William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law at NAHC, said he has found her to “not only be an accessible and intelligent individual working at CMS,” but someone who understands the “real life aspects of Medicaid.” Further, he said the she understands “that people should be given the opportunity to stay home for all of care,” and that Medicaid in recent time has been recognizing the need to rebalance long-term care spending towards home and community-based services.

Ms. Harris said that Medicaid has indeed been “moving really over the last couple decades to more of a focus on home-based care.” While “there will probably always be room in some context for institutions in the Medicaid program,” she said that “by and large the goal of Medicaid is to make sure that people have choices and, if they want to be receiving care in their communities, in their homes, it is there for them to receive.”  She added that the home care and hospice community has “the deep appreciation of all of us at CMS” because “you are the ones who are in the trenches every day delivering the services that are really at the root foundation of the Medicaid program.”

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New Data Shows Slight Reduction in Hospice Utilization for 2014
Represents First Decline in a Decade

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to by Rich Chesney, President and Founder of Healthcare Market Resources (HMR) for permission to reprint the following blog posting that was authored by him and released under the title “Hospice Utilization: A new year but no new business.” We believe it provides valuable information about recent trends in hospice utilization and are reprinting it here. Please also note that HMR has historically tracked hospice utilization by the percent of Medicare beneficiaries receiving hospice services rather than the percent of Medicare patients that died on hospice care in a given year (a statistic tracked by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission). Using the percent of Medicare beneficiaries receiving hospice services figure allows for consideration of patients with hospice services that were discharged live from hospice care.

It may be a new year, but that doesn’t mean a lot of new business for hospices. We [Healthcare Market Resources] took a look at hospice (and home health, but that’s another blog) utilization over the last decade, only to find that, for the first time in ten years, hospice utilization has declined. Granted, the decline is only by 1%, but hospice has been at a pretty steady utilization rate of 2.6/2.7% for the last five years.

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The Premier Event for Financial Managers in Home Care and Hospice
July 10-12, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

The Premier Event for Financial Managers in Home Care and Hospice

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Conference Here

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NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition is the premier event for financial managers in home care and hospice. By bringing together the industry's top financial and legal experts, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its affiliate, the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), provide attendees with opportunities to advance their understanding of financial management techniques and business strategies in home care and hospice.

For over 20 years, NAHC and HHFMA have empowered people with groundbreaking news, education, networking opportunities, research, and resources.

NAHC and HHFMA members can register for the conference for just $750 through June 17; non-members pay $1,025. Pre-conferences are $250 for members and $350 for non-members.

Educational Opportunities

The Financial Management Conference offers three intensive pre-conferences and 20 education sessions focussed across four tracks – home health, hospice, leadership, and care innovations – as well as three general sessions that provide an overview of the latest developments in health care reform and their impact on home health and hospice.

Click here for a complete schedule of educational offerings.

Exhibit Hall

Every year, more than 75 vendors showcase innovative technology, software, business consulting, and other products and services. Financial firms, staffing and legal consultants, product specialists, marketing mavens, and training and compliance companies are there to help you keep up with the aggressive pace of health care reform, eliminate redundancies, and streamline your operations.

To learn more about exhibiting at the Financial Management Conference, click here.

Hotel Information

The 2016 Financial Management Conference is being held at the Red Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. NAHC has secured a special room rate of $130 per night for this conference: 
 
Click here and book your room online.

To make your hotel reservation by phone, call 702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773 and use the code RCINAHC to receive the NAHC discounted rate.

A limited number of rooms are available in our room block until June 17, 2016, so book your room now.

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
Apply online: https://jobs.tenethealth.com/search-jobs/1605001873

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Administrator/Director – Baptist Home Health Network

Baptist Health, Little Rock, AR

Come and work for the largest healthcare system in Arkansas.  Baptist Health is looking to hire an administrator/director for our Home Health and Hospice.   Responsible for all aspects of operations, financial management, quality initiatives and regulatory compliance.  Assures stewardship of resources provided to support staff’s ability to be successful in their role.

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:  501-202-2979

Email resumeJoni.Stephenson@baptist-health.org

Apply onlinewww.baptist-health.com/jobs

 

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