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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2968, 8/10/2016
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CMS Releases Guidance to State Medicaid Programs Encouraging Adequate Payment Rates for Home Care
Financial Education Sessions at the 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting
For Your Information: Home is the Center of Health Care at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition
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CMS Releases Guidance to State Medicaid Programs Encouraging Adequate Payment Rates for Home Care

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), recently released guidance encouraging state Medicaid programs to strengthen and stabilize the home care workforce. The guidance recognizes that state Medicaid programs need to consider that low payment rates can impede access to care. In addition to recommending adequate payments rates for home care, the guidance recommends requiring provider qualifications and basic training and establishing an open registry of qualified home care workers for public use.

“CMS and states are taking important steps to support increased access to high-quality home and community based care,” the guidance states. “These steps are helping to remedy a longstanding imbalance between institutional and home and community-based care: data for fiscal year 2014 showed that 53 percent of total Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) expenditures were spent on home and community-based services (HCBS), a marked change from 2009 when only 45 percent of LTSS expenditures were on HCBS.”

The guidance further states: “A stable workforce, engaged in the delivery of services and supports that address the needs and preferences of beneficiaries, is a critical element to achieving continued progress.

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Financial Education Sessions at the 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 Annual Meeting will feature a variety of financial education sessions covering topics such as revenue cycle strategies in the era of value-based care to empowering frontline managers with combined financial and operational information.

How can you succeed on both the financial and clinical fronts? One way is empowering front-line managers by showing them the impact of their decisions. Learn how you can do this by enhancing your financial reports with operational data. This session will discuss entering operating statistics as one-sided journal entries into general ledger programs and define calculations that can be made on the face of the financials. We will also cover the way a monthly financial review meeting can boost accountability and help uncover hidden problems. We’ll put our own experiences upfront as we show you how an executive team can increase buy-in and accountability among front-line managers. You’ll come away with tips to put you in front of the pack. 

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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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