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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2951, 7/18/2016
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NAHC Urges Home Care and Hospice Community to Ramp Up Congressional Outreach During the August Break
New PEPPER Available for Home Health Agencies
For Your Information: Home is the Center of Health Care at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition
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NAHC Urges Home Care and Hospice Community to Ramp Up Congressional Outreach During the August Break

Last week, the U.S Congress adjourned for the Presidential conventions and its annual August recess. They are scheduled to return on September 6 for a short work period before again adjourning to campaign before the November elections. During the annual recess, lawmakers usually travel back to their home states in order to spend more time with their constituents. This provides increased opportunities for home care and hospice advocates to engage their members of Congress regarding pressing issues. During the recess, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) urges its members, along with friends, family, and co-workers, to speak out as much as possible. It is also a good time to thank members of Congress who have taken stands against home care and hospice payment cuts and copays.

Below are some issues that home care and hospice advocates may wish to raise with their members of Congress during the recess, as well as links to background information, talking points, and sample messages pertaining to each issue.

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New PEPPER Available for Home Health Agencies

TMF Health Quality Institute, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) PEPPER contractor, has announced that a new release of the Home Health Agency (HHA) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), with statistics through December 2015, is now available to access through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your HHA's PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President, Administrator or Compliance Officer should:

  1. Visit the Distribution Schedule - Get Your PEPPER page at PEPPERresources.org.
  2. Review the instructions and obtain the information required to authenticate access through the PEPPER Resources Portal (the HHA's CMS certification number and a medical record number or patient control number from a paid traditional Medicare fee-for-service claim for services with a "from" or "through" date between December 1-31, 2015).
  3. Access the PEPPER Resources Portal.
  4. Complete all the fields.
  5. Download your PEPPER.

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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.

Learn
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.

Connect
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.

Discover
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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