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Action Alert: Ask Your Representative to Cosign Letter to CMS Opposing Prior Authorization Proposal
FBI Releases Guidance on Protecting Against Ransomware Attacks
For Your Information:FMC 2016 Leadership Snapshot: Using Your Home Health System Data for Successful Business Operations
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Action Alert: Ask Your Representative to Cosign Letter to CMS Opposing Prior Authorization Proposal
May 19 is the Deadline for Representatives to Sign the Letter

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is asking everyone to contact their members of the U.S. House of Representatives to request that they cosign the letter being circulated by Congressmen Tom Price (R-GA-6) and James P. McGovern (D-MA-2) urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to rescind its prior authorization proposal for Medicare home health care services. In February, CMS issued a Paperwork Reduction Act Notice containing a proposal to institute a system of “prior authorization” on all home health services in five states. This proposal, which could easily expand to additional states, threatens Medicare beneficiaries and upstanding home health agencies because it would be costly, burdensome, and totally ineffective in preventing fraud and abuse.

Prior authorization would result in delays in patient access to services and disruptions in the continuity of patient care, bringing increased risks for the patient during the transition from an inpatient setting in terms of infection, medication errors, and other factors. In addition, prior authorization would increase health care costs for providers and Medicare. For example, a one-day delay in discharging a patient from a hospital setting brings an average cost increase of $1,938 for Medicare. NAHC previously submitted comments on the proposal (see previous NAHC Report article here).

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FBI Releases Guidance on Protecting Against Ransomware Attacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released guidance for organizations and their employees to protect against a “ransomware” attack, in which criminals encrypt or block access to important files and demand a ransom to release them.

Such attacks are not only proliferating, the FBI said, but becoming more sophisticated. “These criminals have evolved over time and now bypass the need for an individual to click on a link. They do this by seeding legitimate websites with malicious code, taking advantage of unpatched software on end-user computers,” said FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director James Trainor.

The FBI does not support paying a ransom to release the files. “Paying a ransom doesn’t guarantee an organization that it will get its data back—we’ve seen cases where organizations never got a decryption key after having paid the ransom. Paying a ransom not only emboldens current cyber criminals to target more organizations, it also offers an incentive for other criminals to get involved in this type of illegal activity. And finally, by paying a ransom, an organization might inadvertently be funding other illicit activity associated with criminals,” Trainor said.

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FMC 2016 Leadership Snapshot: Using Your Home Health System Data for Successful Business Operations

You know that FMC always brings together the best and brightest financial minds in the home care and hospice industry.  Join us this year July 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Casino & Spa for legal and regulatory updates in home health financial operations, and an expo of over 200 product and service professionals available to help make your business more profitable. 

When it comes to home health system data, what measures matter most and how can they help you make the best leadership decisions for ensuring your agency’s continued financial success?  At FMC 2016, HHFMA leaders and industry experts will help you identify key indicators, resources, and analyses to help you apply the best practices and improve your agency’s operations.

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.

Home Health Executive Director

Certified Home Health Agency operating in the Kansas City metropolitan area is seeking an Executive Director.  Organization has been part of the Kansas City community for over 30 years and is affiliated with a hospital system within the community.  Strong outcomes, financial performance and tenured staff.  Opportunities for growth and development of additional business models present.  Excellent opportunity for someone wanting to live in a culturally diverse city, with major sports teams, theatre, great seasonal weather and wonderful neighborhoods and school districts. 


The position provides direction, planning, and oversight for the entire organization and must have strong knowledge of the Conditions of Participation, Federal and State laws and Medicare program requirements. Strong leadership skills, computer skills and clinical expertise a must. Qualified candidate will be able to move the organization forward into new service areas, new programs and new technologies.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelors Degree Nursing, Masters in nursing or Business Administration preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Management or executive level in home health agency preferred.
  • Knowledge of corporate business management including budget development and monitoring, market analysis and strategic planning, and licensure and/or regulatory compliance
  • Experience with McKesson software preferred.
  • Current and valid RN License in Missouri and Kansas

For more information, contact: Jenifer Bellamy, 909.625.8275,

Education Coordinator/HHA Department Manager

Our Education Coordinator meets the needs of our employees by providing for educational experiences needed to ensure a competent workforce. The Education Coordinator identifies the educational needs of our employees and meets those needs with the most appropriate methods including, but not limited to, one-on-one education, in-servicing, external conferences, joint visits, workshops and other activities. The right candidate will understand the role of each member of the agency, how those roles intersect and complement each other, and what is needed to have each employee capable of performing his or her role competently. The ability to analyze trends and performance improvement opportunities is essential. Oversight of the Home Health Aide Department is also an essential part of this position’s responsibilities. Performing home visits based upon patient and agency needs is also included.

Requires NJ RN, BSN or equivalent experience and actively pursuing BSN, minimum of 3 years certified home care experience, including 1 year instructional experience or 1 year supervisory experience. OASIS-C certification is preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and strong organizational skills are required.

For consideration send your resume to

Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Inc.
783 Riverview Drive
Totowa, NJ 07511

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