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The Next Level: Home Care University’s Learning Management System
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CMS Open Door Forum Provides Home Health, Hospice Updates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) conducted a Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum on July 13. A summary of home health and hospice issues are provided below.


2017 HHPPS Rate Update Proposed Rule. CMS provided the following overview of 2017 home health rate update proposed rule:

The proposed rule implements the final year of the four year phase-in of the rebasing adjustments to the national, standardized 60 day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates, and the non-routine medical supplies (NRS) conversion factor. In addition, this proposed rule would reduce the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rates by 0.97 percent in CY 2017 to account for nominal case-mix growth between CY 2012 and CY 2014. The CY 2017 proposed rule would result in a 1.0 percent decrease (-$180 million) in payments to HHAs. CMS is also proposing changes to the methodology used to calculate outlier payments from a cost per visit to a cost per unit model. As required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, CMS proposes changes in payment for disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) for patients under a home health plan of care.

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The Next Level: Home Care University’s Learning Management System

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently announced some of the new education and training resources available through Home Care University and explained how to browse and purchase courses individually (see previous NAHC Report article here). Home Care University is the go-to resource for online training in home health, home care, and hospice workforce and leadership skills.  In addition to purchasing courses individually, you can also purchase the Learning Management System through Home Care University, which allows organizations to manage access to all of the education on Home Care University and create a dashboard measuring productivity. 

Through the Learning Management System, you can manage and assign training to employees in completely customizable ways to suit your organization’s staffing needs. You can also monitor and track curricula progress, as well as incentivize it with badges, tokens, gaming elements, and more at the agency level. The Learning Management System allows administrators to upload agency-specific onboarding and in-service training, automate enrollment tied to triggers (new hires, annual training, license expirations, etc.) and get access to new releases and products including the Pro-on-the-Go series.

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Home is the Center of Health Care at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition
October 23–25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice invites you to join us and more than 2,500 home care and hospice colleagues in sunny Florida for the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo. This year’s meeting offers three days of opportunities to learn, connect and discover with unparalleled access to distinguished speakers, hot-topic education sessions and dynamic networking opportunities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit our world-class expo where over 200 specialists will showcase the latest in home care and hospice products and services.

Join NAHC and Save: Register by August 14 and save $400 off the full-conference registration. NAHC members pay $800 for the conference; non-members pay $1,200. Click on the link to the right to register.

The Annual Meeting & Expo boasts 80 education sessions across 10 tracks providing the latest research, developments and news in the home care and hospice industry. NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo provides comprehensive, carefully planned content along with inspirational keynotes and panel discussions. Click on the link to the right to learn more about education sessions.

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders from around the country – in the classroom and at the Expo. Plus there are opportunities to network at receptions and meals and in one-on-one discussions throughout the conference.

You’ll discover what’s new this year at the Expo, which features over 200 exhibitors demonstrating and showcasing innovative home care and hospice products and services to support high-quality care. To learn more about exhibiting at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo, click here.

Host Hotel
The beautiful Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida, is hosting the2016 Annual Meeting & Expo. Book your room early to ensure that you’re just steps away from this year’s conference. (You must first register for the conference to get access to our special room rates at the Gaylord Palms.)

New this Year
My Planner: Take advantage of our online planner and create your own itinerary. Search by keywords or tracks to find the sessions you want to take. And when you’re onsite, you’ll have your personalized plan right on your phone with our conference app.

Learn more about the companies in our Expo before you arrive. Search, research, and interact through our online planner and mark your favorites so when you’re at the Expo you’ll have a personalized floor plan to guide you to the exhibitors you want to see most.

Florida in October is breathtaking. Come early and take advantage of one of our excursions. Whether it’s a theme park or golf, the Kennedy Space Center or a wildlife adventure, check out the options for fun during the registration process.

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