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NAHC Talking Points for Use in Commenting onFY2017 Hospice Proposed Rule
Rep. Jenkins Discusses the Importance of the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act at Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Medicare
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NAHC Talking Points for Use in Commenting onFY2017 Hospice Proposed Rule

On April 21, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released CMS-1652-P: Medicare Program; FY 2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has sought input on the changes proposed in the rule and developed the following talking points as the foundation for its comments, as well as to assist hospices and other stakeholders in development of their own comments for submission. Comments may be submitted electronically at:!documentDetail;D=CMS-2016-0058-0002 and are due by Monday, June 20, 2016. Please note that NAHC’s comments are still under development so the final comments may include additional or modified perspectives.

Hospice Payment Reform: Research and Analyses

NOTE: As part of the proposed rule CMS did not request comment on the issues addressed in this section of the talking points document so this section does not contain specific points that hospices may want to consider when developing their own comments on the proposed changes. NAHC will, however, be providing comments on the payment reform data.

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Rep. Jenkins Discusses the Importance of the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act at Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Medicare

On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a “Member Day” hearing and 20 bipartisan Members presented legislative proposals on improving Medicare. 

During the hearing, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) discussed the importance of the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act (H.R. 1202), which would recognize attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients. Rep. Jenkins and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced the bill last year and now have 36 additional cosponsors. In the U.S. Senate, Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced similar legislation (S. 1354). Current law limits the patient’s choice of a hospice attending physician to the patient's physician or Nurse Practitioner (NP).

“H.R. 1202, the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act, which I introduced with Congressman Thompson, will allow physician assistants to receive reimbursement from Medicare as the attending physician in a hospice setting,” Rep. Jenkins said. In explaining the importance of the bill, she said hospice care is “incredibly important” in her district where there is “a lack of hospitals and doctors’ offices that urban districts have with large health systems.”

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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.

Vice President — Home Care

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced senior home care leader to join a growing organization.

Mercyhealth was formed in January 2015 through the merger of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System. Today, Mercyhealth is a vertically integrated, not-for-profit multi-regional health system comprising five hospitals, home care & DME, a wholly-owned insurance company, more than 750 employed physicians and over 85 primary and specialty care medical centers and clinics across more than 60 communities in 15 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties.

The Vice President of Home Care oversees the planning and development of policies and procedures and overall operations of all departments and areas of home care including Home Health, Hospice, and DME for both Wisconsin and Illinois.

This position reports to the Sr. VP/COO Illinois Mercyhealth.

Requires a BSN and a master's degree from an accredited college. Must also have at least ten years of proven administrative experience, including five or more years in an executive position, preferably with a public or community home health organization of like size and volume of activities.

This position includes a competitive pay and benefits package and relocation assistance.

To apply, please visit


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