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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2929, 6/17/2016
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Getting Hospice GIP and Continuous Care Right: How to Avoid Risk while Meeting Care Needs
Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Pilot Program
For Your Information: The Premier Event for Financial Managers in Home Care and Hospice
Job Corner: Vice President — Home Care
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Getting Hospice GIP and Continuous Care Right: How to Avoid Risk while Meeting Care Needs
NAHC Web Event: Tuesday, June 21, 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern

Research findings of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have raised serious concerns about potential misuse of the hospice general inpatient (GIP) level of care — including both inappropriate use when patients are not eligible as well as instances where hospices do not have GIP available in the event that a patient may need it. The OIG has written two significant reports on the utilization of GIP in the past few years:

Some of the findings from the most recent OIG report are:

  • Hospices billed one-third of GIP stays inappropriately
  • Hospices commonly billed for GIP when the beneficiary did not have uncontrolled pain or unmanaged symptoms
  • Hospices billed inappropriately for about half of GIP stays in SNFs
  • Medicare sometimes paid twice for drugs for beneficiaries receiving GIP
  • Hospices did not meet care planning requirements for 85 percent of GIP stays
  • Hospices sometimes provided poor quality care and often did not provide intense services

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Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Pilot Program
Pre-conference at the 2016 Financial Management Conference

The Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Pilot Program pre-conference at the 2016 Financial Management Conference will build on experiences gained to date, and it is suitable for all home health agencies, not just those in the target states, since value-based purchasing is in every agency’s future.

Medicare launched a home health value-based purchasing pilot program (HHVBP) on January 1, 2016. The HHVBP will last for five years and can be expanded at any time. The pilot operates in nine states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington State. During March and April, NAHC held training conferences in each of these states to familiarize home health agencies with the program and to encourage best practices that lead to success.

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The Premier Event for Financial Managers in Home Care and Hospice
July 10-12, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

View the Conference Program Here

Register for the
Conference Here

Book Your Hotel Here

Our room block is nearly sold out. If you can not find a room in our block you may still be able to book at the Red Rock Resort & Casino. Call 866-767-7773 to book your room directly with the hotel.

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: 

Our room block is nearly sold out. If you can not find a room in our block you may still be able to book at the Red Rock Resort & Casino. Call 866-767-7773 to book your room directly with the hotel.

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 www.rockfordhealthsystem.org/careers.

EOE

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