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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2962, 8/2/2016
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CMS Hospice Update on Incorrect Payments Identified for the Two Tier Payment and SIA Payments
NAHC Creates Infection Prevention and Practice Group
For Your Information: Home is the Center of Health Care at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition
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CMS Hospice Update on Incorrect Payments Identified for the Two Tier Payment and SIA Payments

At the July Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum there was discussion of ongoing claims processing issues related to the new two-tiered payment system for Routine Home Care (RHC) and the Service Intensity Add-on (SIA) for visits at the end of life. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff identified three issues that are affecting hospice payments for RHC and the SIA, and indicated they would provide written descriptions of the issues for hospice providers and other interested parties. The following information, containing the known issues and timeframes for correction of these issues, has been extracted from a notice issued by National Government Services (NGS) but is applicable to all hospices. We anticipate that the other Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) – CGS and Palmetto – will release similar information in the near future.

Two Tier Routine Home Care Payments

Issue: The two tier payment rate is not being applied appropriately to claims submitted on or after January 1, 2016. In some instances the Medicare system is incorrectly paying at a low rate, instead of the high rate. This system action is causing an underpayment to providers. The Medicare system was updated with a “fix” on July 25, 2016 to resolve the issue.

Provider Action: There is no provider action to be taken.

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NAHC Creates Infection Prevention and Practice Group
Invites Experts to Join Panel to Respond to the Threat of Zika and Other Infectious Diseases

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently announced the creation of the Infection Prevention and Practice Group (IPPG) which is being coordinated by Barbara Citarella, President of RBC Limited.

The purpose of the group is to define best practices, provide current resources to members and to prepare the industry for the future. The challenges of infection prevention in our industry need a consistent focus.

At this crucial time for our industry, NAHC is seeking members to participate on a committee to develop the IPPG and to submit proposals for education.

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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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