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CMS Adds Hospice NOE Edit for Principal Dx to FISS
Older Americans Act Reauthorization Signed into Law by President Obama
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CMS Adds Hospice NOE Edit for Principal Dx to FISS

Since implementation of the timely filing requirements for Notices of Election (NOE) and Notices of Termination/Revocation (NOTR), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been working to address issues associated with the requirements.  Most recently, CMS issued Change Request 9575/Transmittal 3502, which instructs the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to implement an edit within the Fiscal Intermediary Shared System (FISS) for hospice NOEs submitted without a principal diagnosis listed.  The CR is effective for claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2016 but has an implementation date of October 3, 2016.  Once this edit is implemented, hospices will be alerted immediately when trying to submit an NOE that does not contain a principal diagnosis so that the NOE may be corrected prior to submission. 

It is longstanding policy within the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 11, Section 20.1.2 that hospices must include a principal diagnosis on the NOE but there has not been an edit to prevent NOEs from processing without a principal diagnosis.  This will change with CR9575.

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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Signed into Law by President Obama

On April 19, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 (Public Law No: 114-144). The legislation was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2016 and by the U.S. Senate in April 2016. Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), praised its enactment into law. “We are happy to see the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act finally wind its way through Congress, making positive contributions to aging Americans and their ability to remain independent in their communities,” Halamandaris said.

Speaking at the White House Conference on Aging in 2015, President Obama said that the OAA reauthorization “will provide critical support to families and communities.” President Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett said that President Obama was “proud” to sign the legislation into law. “As our population changes, we have a collective responsibility to make sure older Americans can both take advantage of the opportunities of their golden years and overcome the barriers that aging can create,” she said.

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Your Second Peek into FMC! Home Health & Financial Management

On July 10-12, 2016, the Home Health Financial Managers Association, in partnership with NAHC, will be conducting their Financial Managers Conference.  We hope you’ll join us at the Red Rock Casino & Spa in Las Vegas to attend!

FMC is the best opportunity during the year to connect with other industry leaders looking to stay ahead of the curve.  Not only does FMC bring you educational choices, but you also have the chance to connect with over 200 vendors specializing in home health products and services to streamline your business.

Value-based purchasing is a new and complex component in America’s healthcare system.  CMS is piloting a home health VBP program, and VBP components can be found in most of its other bundled payment care initiatives.  Come to FMC and learn more about maximizing your agency’s involvement with value-based purchasing.

Learn more about FMC 2016!  See the conference program and schedule here.

Register for discounted attendee hotel rates at the Las Vegas Red Rock Casino & Spa and the conference itself here.

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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