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Reminder — Action Alert: Ask Your Representative to Cosign Letter to CMS Opposing Prior Authorization Proposal
Senators Introduce Compassionate Care Act to Improve End-of-Life Care
For Your Information:M&A at FMC 2016
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Reminder — Action Alert: Ask Your Representative to Cosign Letter to CMS Opposing Prior Authorization Proposal
Deadline Extended to May 20 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.

By recruiting as many members of the U.S. House as possible to sign the Price-McGovern letter, NAHC members can help ensure CMS understands the concerns of the home health care community regarding this proposal. The deadline for signing the letter has been extended to Friday, May 20 at noon, so please act now using NAHC’s Legislative Action Center (available here) to contact your member of the U.S. House and request that they sign on to the letter today.

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Senators Introduce Compassionate Care Act to Improve End-of-Life Care

United States Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) have introduced the Compassionate Care Act, legislation that would provide new federal resources to improve consumer and provider education with regards to end-of-life care, as well as support innovation and develop end-of-life quality measures for relevant provider settings. With the growing number of Medicare-eligible seniors, the senators said greater attention is needed to ensure individuals with advanced illness and their families receive the highest-quality end-of-life care. In a fact sheet about the legislation, the senators cited problematic statistics indicating the need for more focus on the issue:  “Recent research shows that while 42% of individuals have had discussion on end-of-life issues, only 21% put their care directives in writing, and 90% said that their physician never asked about this issue. Furthermore, according to a recent poll conducted by The John A. Hartford Foundation, 46% of physicians reported frequently or sometimes feeling unsure of how to conduct advance care planning or end-of-life conversations. Additionally, less than 29% of the physicians surveyed had received any formal training on how to talk with patients and families about end-of-life care.”

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M&A at FMC 2016

Surround yourself with fellow industry leaders at FMC 2016.  With all of the recent legislative and regulatory developments from CMS, confusion abounds.  NAHC and HHFMA have selected experts who can help you navigate all these changes while keeping your agency profitable.  Additionally, you’ll have access to an expo of over 200 vendors offering products and services that will streamline your agency operations. 

Despite all the regulatory and reimbursement changes, home health and hospice continues to attract financial buyers and private equity firms who see great opportunities to build larger networks among local companies.  Hospitals are also looking for purchase and partner opportunities to extend the continuum of care.  At FMC 2016, experts will address strategies on how to develop a solid acquisition plan as well as preparation for potential mergers and acquisitions.

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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