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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2940, 6/30/2016
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Sen. Whitehouse Introduces Legislation Focused on Improving Care for Medicare Patients with Advanced Illnesses
Hospice Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report to Post in CASPER Reporting Application July 17
For Your Information: The Premier Event for Financial Managers in Home Care and Hospice
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Sen. Whitehouse Introduces Legislation Focused on Improving Care for Medicare Patients with Advanced Illnesses

On June 23, 2016, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced legislation that would improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with advanced illnesses. Sen. Whitehouse announced the legislation at a hearing of the Special Committee on Aging, chaired by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). The Removing Barriers to Person-Centered Care Act (S. 3096) is relevant to both home health and hospice, and it contains priority provisions strongly supported by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). The legislation would set up a pilot program for which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would waive a number of current regulations: for example, eliminating the homebound requirement for Medicare patients to receive home health care services; allowing non-physician practitioners to certify patients for home health and hospice services and sign plans of care; and allowing Medicare patients to receive hospice care and curative treatment at the same time.

Sen. Whitehouse said the legislation would promote better coordination between health care providers and place greater emphasis on the preferences of Medicare beneficiaries with advanced illnesses. “Too many Rhode Island Medicare patients battling difficult illnesses are struggling to get the right care at the right time,” said Sen. Whitehouse. “We need to break down the barriers between patients and the care they need. Because so many of the rules and incentives in our health care system are tied to the payment structure, we should design payment systems that support new models of coordinated care that are focused on human beings and not some rule or regulation.”

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Hospice Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report to Post in CASPER Reporting Application July 17

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that a new Hospice Quality Reporting (QRP) report - Hospice Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report - will be available starting July 17, 2016 to providers in the Hospice Provider report category in the CASPER Reporting application.

Hospice Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report - This report displays provider level data regarding Hospice Item Set (HIS) records submitted successfully to CMS.

  • The report displays the following information:
  • Provider identification information
  • Provider CCN and FAC ID
  • # of HIS Records Submitted
  • # of HIS Records Submitted on Time
  • % of HIS Records Submitted on Time

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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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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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