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Zika — Implications for Home Care and Hospice
CWF will Implement Auto-search for Beneficiary Eligibility Queries in January 2017
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Zika — Implications for Home Care and Hospice
By Barbara B. Citarella RN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V, RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants

In an effort to prevent Zika virus and the terrible birth defects it causes, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has begun a national clinical study of a vaccine for Zika. The experimental vaccine was developed earlier this year. The study will be conducted at three sites.

Zika virus disease continues to dominate news headlines as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in an unprecedented move, issued a travel warning advising pregnant women and their partners against travel to specific areas in Miami. To date we have 15 cases of Zika virus in Florida. The cases are likely the first known occurrence of local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in the continental United States. Zika was first identified in 1947 in Uganda. There is no approved vaccine for Zika. Treatment is supportive with rest, fluids, and antipyretics.

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus), but can also be spread during sex by a person infected with Zika. There is also an indication that Zika can spread through blood transfusions. It is still undetermined as to the possibility of transmission through breast milk, organ or tissue transplantation. Currently, animals do not appear to be involved in the transmission of the disease.

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CWF will Implement Auto-search for Beneficiary Eligibility Queries in January 2017

On July 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Change Request 9740/Transmittal 1687 (MM9740) to implement an auto-search capability for provider beneficiary eligibility queries to the Common Working File (CWF); this change will become effective January 1, 2017.

Currently, each beneficiary is assigned to one of nine CWF hosts based on the location where the beneficiary signed up for Social Security benefits.  If the provider does not know which of the CWF hosts to query for the beneficiary’s eligibility information, the provider may need to make as many as nine queries to the system in order to obtain that information.

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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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