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CMS Issues Final FY2017 Hospice Payment Rule with Slight Bump Up in Payments, New Quality Measures
Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits Study Participation Still Open
For Your Information: Home is the Center of Health Care at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition
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CMS Issues Final FY2017 Hospice Payment Rule with Slight Bump Up in Payments, New Quality Measures

Late July 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule governing Medicare hospice payment and quality reporting requirements for Fiscal Year (FY2017). As expected and represented in the proposed rule issued April 21, the principal focus of the FY2017 rule is issues related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), while also including information related to the FY2017 wage index, payment rates, and cap amount. Overall, CMS estimates the rule to increase payments to hospice programs by $350 million during FY2017. As with the proposed FY2017 rule, the regulation contains information related to the history of the hospice benefit and trends in hospice utilization. A NAHC summary of the proposed FY2017 rule is available here.

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Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits Study Participation Still Open

There is still time to participate in the 2016‑2017 Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits surveys, conducted by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), in a cooperative effort with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Questionnaires are available at: https://www.hhcsinc.com/survey-questionnaires.html. Participation in these important studies that help home health and hospice agencies is encouraged.

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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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