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CMS Issues Final Hospice HIS Data Specifications, Effective April 1, 2017
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James F. Parker of Southwest Airlines to Keynote NAHC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida

Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC is proud to announce that James F. Parker, the former CEO of Southwest Airlines has agreed to be the Opening Keynote Speaker at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Homecare and Hospice to be held at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Florida on October 23-25.

"Jim Parker is the best there is in crisis management. He was at the helm during 9/11, which ranks high on the list of dark days for America. The fact that terrorists had used airplanes as bombs to accomplish their purpose made it all the worse. All businesses in America suffered but none more than the airlines. People were afraid to fly. It took awhile to reopen the airports, all of which were in lock down. But winning back public confidence was a more difficult matter. With a steady hand and unerring good judgment Parker guided Southwest through the crisis and back to prosperity — all without having to fire a single employee. His advice and counsel will be very helpful to the homecare and hospice community, many of whom share the belief that they have been under attack," said Halamandaris.

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CMS Issues Final Hospice HIS Data Specifications, Effective April 1, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an updated version of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data submission specifications (v2.00.0) is now available. This final version of the specifications will go into effect on April 1, 2017. Please note that there were no changes from the previously posted draft version of these specifications. This version of the data specifications consists of the following files:

  • Hospice data specs overview (v2.00.0) FINAL 08-01-2016.pdf
  • Hospice data dictionary (v2.00.0) FINAL
  • Hospice data specs CSV files (v2.00.0) FINAL
  • Hospice data specs HTML files (v2.00.0) FINAL
  • Hospice data specs PDF files (v2.00.0) FINAL

These files are available in the Downloads section of CMS’ HIS Technical Information web page.

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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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