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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2893, 4/26/2016
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CMS Releases Medicaid Managed Care Final Rule
Reminder: Webinar “WHAT'S NEW IN THE Q4FY2015 HOSPICE PEPPER?”
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CMS Releases Medicaid Managed Care Final Rule

On Monday, April 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a major rule that focuses on Medicaid managed care related to minimum operation standards, care delivery, quality of care, and more.  The rule is of significant interest as more and more states move their Medicaid programs into one form or another of managed care. Further, since the rule also addresses Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), it is of specific interest to the home care community.

“We’re taking a next step in [our] work today by finalizing a long-anticipated rule that updates how Medicaid works for the nearly two-thirds of beneficiaries who get coverage through private managed care plans. These improvements modernize the way these managed care health plans operate so that Medicaid and CHIP continue to provide cost-effective, high quality care to consumers,” Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS, and Vikki Wachino, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, wrote in a blog post announcing the final rule.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has long advocated for the institution of federal standards to govern states shifting from a traditional fee-for-services (FFS) approach in Medicaid to a managed care delivery model.  As states increasingly shift to managed care, the need for such standards has grown since managed care plans have limited experience in providing the type of services, particularly personal care, that are the mainstay of MLTSS.

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Reminder: Webinar “WHAT'S NEW IN THE Q4FY2015 HOSPICE PEPPER?”
Thursday, April 28, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CT

Following is a reminder regarding the Hospice PEPPER Update WebEx presentation being offered by the TMF Health Quality Institute AT NO CHARGE.  Please mark your calendars for this important session.


When: Thursday, April 28, 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT

Registration is not required! Use the following link to join the event:

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Event number:     921 780 666
Event password:  lavender

Handout: Download the handout.

Please join the event 15 minutes before the start time in order to ensure you are able to participate. Individuals are encouraged to listen to the audio portion of the webinar through the on-line broadcast platform using their computer speakers. However, it’s recognized that some individuals may prefer to listen to the session via telephone.

To connect via telephone, please dial 1-415-655-0003 (toll); the access code is 921 780 666.

The cost of this connection will be your responsibility. This number will be active 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. The session will be recorded. The recording will be posted here by May 20, 2016.

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

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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.

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