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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2966, 8/8/2016
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CMS Clarifies NOE “Corrections” Policy, MACs Issue Revised Guidance
Clinical Education Sessions at 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting
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CMS Clarifies NOE “Corrections” Policy, MACs Issue Revised Guidance

Since implementation of the timely-filing requirement for hospice Notices of Election (NOE) and Notices of Termination/Revocation (NOTR) in October 2014, numerous problems resulting from the required use of Direct Data Entry (DDE) for submission of NOEs/NOTRs have emerged. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has provided the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) analysis that may pave the way for CMS to allow for electronic submission of NOEs and related transactions. In the interim, NAHC, CMS, the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and others are working to modify existing policies that are resulting in increased costs and lost revenue to hospice providers. CMS has recently issued a clarification to the MACs that will help in this regard.

As part of instructions related to timely submission of NOEs, the MACs have historically told hospice providers that if information (such as the principal diagnosis or physician) is entered on a NOE and that information later changes, the hospice need not “correct” the diagnosis code by cancelling and resubmitting the NOE. Instead, the hospice may just enter the newly-established principal diagnosis on the subsequent claim. However, if the information entered on the NOE is incorrect at the time it is entered, the MACs previously instructed hospice providers to cancel the NOE and resubmit with the correct information.  Cancellation of the NOE and resubmission will very likely result in late acceptance of the NOE, which means that the hospice will sustain some financial losses for early days of care.

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Clinical Education Sessions at 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting

The lineup of clinical education sessions at the National Association for Home Care Hospice (NAHC) 2016 Annual Meeting will cover a broad spectrum.  Agencies with the best clinical information and practices will thrive. 

Learn about challenges of serving wound care patients in their homes. This session will explore the changing demands of CMS, impatient guidelines on hospital-acquired conditions, and the future of bundling services— all of which increase the importance of having sound WOC knowledge and leadership in your organization. 

Another session will cover implementing LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs—sensory-based protocols that foster improvements in patients with Parkinson’s disease, regardless of the state of their condition. Patients who are home bound and meet conditions of participation for skilled home health benefit most from application of these protocols. This presentation will explain the scientific basis of the protocols and their clinical effect. It will also go over the elements of success in implementing LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs, as well as how to measure their results.

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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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