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CMS Extends and Expands Medicare Enrollment Moratoria for HHAs
CMS Issues Moratoria Waiver Demonstration
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CMS Extends and Expands Medicare Enrollment Moratoria for HHAs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a six-month extension of the temporary moratoria on the new Medicare home health agencies (HHAs), subunits, and branch locations within the states of Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas. This announcement expands the moratoria from specific counties within each state to a statewide application.

CMS has extended the temporary moratoria for HHAs several times since it was initially imposed for Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Cook County, Illinois, in July 2013. The moratoria were extended in February 2014 for an additional six months and expanded to locations including Broward County, Florida; Dallas County, Texas; Harris County, Texas; and Wayne County, Michigan. The six-month moratorium was extended again on August 2014, February 2015, July 2015, and February 2016.

The moratoria will also apply to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in each state, although states continue to have the ability to opt out if they determine that the imposition of such moratorium would adversely impact Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to care.

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CMS Issues Moratoria Waiver Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a notice announcing the Provider Enrollment Moratoria Access Waiver Demonstration (PEWD) of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) in six states. The demonstration gives CMS the authority to grant waivers to the statewide enrollment moratoria on a case-by-case basis in response to access to care issues, and to subject providers and suppliers enrolling via such waivers to heightened screening, oversight, and investigations.

Concurrent with this announcement CMS issued a notice for a statewide expansion of the temporary moratorium on the enrollment of non-emergency ambulance suppliers and HHAs in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in six states. For HHAs, the moratorium includes the states of Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Michigan.

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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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