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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2941, 7/1/2016
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Register for HHA PEPPER Webinar
Thursday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. CDT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to make available the second release of free provider-specific comparative data reports for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) on July 18, 2016. The Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) summarizes Medicare claims data for these areas that have been identified as at higher risk for improper Medicare payments: 

  • Average Case Mix 
  • Number of Episodes
  • Episodes with 5 or 6 Visits
  • Non-LUPA Payments
  • High Therapy Utilization Episodes
  • Outlier Payments

CMS has contracted with TMF® Health Quality Institute to develop and distribute the reports. For more information on obtaining your PEPPER, visit the PEPPER Distribution - Get Your PEPPER page at PEPPERresources.org.

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HHS Releases Guidance on Preventing and Responding to Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security, recently released guidance for organziations to prevent and respond to the occurrence of ransomware attacks. Health care and other organizations face an increasing threat of ransomware attacks, in which criminals encrypt or block access to important files and demand a ransom to release them. This most recent guidance follows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) releasing its own guidance earlier this year (see previous NAHC Report article here).

In a letter to organizations announcing the guidance, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said it provides in-depth recommendations to both prevent and respond to ransomware attacks.

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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.

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