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House Energy & Commerce Committee Clears Six Bills That Prioritize Public Safety and FCC Oversight
Hospice Quality: Preview of Hospice Item Set (HIS) V.2.00.0 and New HQRP Q&As Released
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House Energy & Commerce Committee Clears Six Bills That Prioritize Public Safety and FCC Oversight

The House Energy & Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-6), held a markup on Thursday, April 28, to consider several bills that would improve Americans’ access to public safety, enhance spectrum efficiency, and bring broadband to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The following bills were approved by the Committee: H.R. 2031, Anti-Swatting Act of 2015; H.R. 3998, Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act; H.R. 4111, Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015; H.R. 4167, Kari’s Law Act of 2015; H.R. 4190, Spectrum Challenge Prize Act of 2015; and H.R. 4889, the Kelsey Smith Act.

“As we move forward with these bills, we continue our work towards more modern and effective communications laws. There is no question that this industry is driving our economy in so many ways, and it is our job to make sure that the law doesn’t unnecessarily stand in the way of that progress,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR-2), chairman of the E&C Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which approved the bills the week before.

Upton agreed on the value of the legislation. “Whether it’s dialing 9-1-1, providing tools to law enforcement, or promoting connectivity during disasters, today’s bills help Americans in times of emergency,” he said. “They modernize communications laws and continue to enable technology to improve the lives of folks back in Michigan and across the country.”

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Hospice Quality: Preview of Hospice Item Set (HIS) V.2.00.0 and New HQRP Q&As Released

As referenced in coverage of the recently-issued hospice payment rule for FY2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has submitted a request for approval to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the Hospice Item Set version 2.00.0 that incorporates the four new HIS items. The PRA version has a posting date of 4/22/2016 although it was not available for viewing until 4/26/2016. 

As described in the proposed FY2017 rule, CMS is adding four new items to the HIS-Discharge.  The four items are contained under a new section, Section O – Service Utilization.  The four new measures are:

    1. O5000 Level of care in final 3 days
    2. O5010 Number of hospice visits in final 3 days
    3. O5020 Level of care in final 7 days
    4. O5030 Number of hospice visits in 3-6 days prior to death

As shown below, hospices will answer a gateway yes/no question to indicate if the patient was receiving the routine home care level of care in the final 3 days of life and provide the number of visits on each of these three days for each of five disciplines.

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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.

Seeking a President for Home Care — State Programs Division

We are BAYADA Home Health Care—a leading mission and values based home health care company—and we believe that our clients and their families deserve home health care delivered with compassion, excellence, and reliability.

We are actively looking for a President for our Assistive Care State Programs specialty practice, which is concentrated in NJ, PA, NC, DE, & MA and currently represents $150M in revenue with growth potential of $1B over the next 10 years. Candidates need to have experience in general management for a complex operating business, and demonstrated success working within state and federally funded programs. S/he should have a proven track record in the development and implementation of strategic growth plans, including the ability to operationalize strategies across multiple states.

Founded in 1975 by J. Mark Baiada, BAYADA Home Health Care provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice, and assistive care services to children, adults, and seniors in the comfort of their homes. Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, BAYADA employs more than 19,000 nurses, home health aides, therapists, medical social workers, and other home health care professionals who serve their communities in 22 states from more than 300 offices.

Interested candidates should reach out to

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