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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2984, 9/1/2016
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NAHC Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Rule: Outlier Eligibility, Case Mix Weight Recalibration, Value-Based Purchasing, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Quality Measures
Technology Education Sessions at the 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting
For Your Information: Medicare Appeals Update: The New Mediation Option and Proposed Changes To Achieve Efficiencies
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NAHC Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Rule: Outlier Eligibility, Case Mix Weight Recalibration, Value-Based Purchasing, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Quality Measures

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding its proposed rule that includes the calendar year 2017 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rate update along with significant changes in HHRG scoring and weights, a revised standard for outlier episode payments, modifications in the current Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) pilot program, and several revised quality measures for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program.

In the comments to CMS, NAHC identified numerous concerns with CMS’s proposed rule in each category, and provided specific recommendations to improve the proposed rule.

HHPPS Proposed 2017 Payment Rates

The proposed rule sets the 2017 payment rates in line with the final year of rate rebasing. While, the rebasing action was effectively set in 2014, NAHC explained in its comments that many home health agencies are currently paid less than their costs due to the generalized rate adjustment methodology established by CMS in 2014 for the 4-year phase in of rebasing.

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

The educational programming at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 Annual Meeting will address the legislative and regulatory issues that are having the most significant impact on your agency. Industry experts will be conducting over a dozen education sessions covering hospice and palliative care topics and as an attendee you’ll have the opportunity to network with peers – sharing challenges and success stories. Get the information you need and answers to your questions.

Start previewing the education sessions. Remember that with our new system, searching by key word categories “Technology” and “Telehealth” will produce a list of all of the sessions that cover these updates. You can also search by keyword for popular terms like “Remove Patient Monitoring,” “Self-Management,” and “Remote Patient Monitoring,” as well by speaker. Click the star next to the title of your favorite sessions – these will sync with our phone app to create your personalized schedule for the conference.

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Medicare Appeals Update: The New Mediation Option and Proposed Changes To Achieve Efficiencies
Web Event: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern

Program Description:

The Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals (OMHA)and CMS have been struggling to deal with the huge backlog in pending appeals. One possible solution is the use of facilitated mediation by Attorney Advisors working with the Administrative Law Judges. In addition, OMHA and CMS have recently proposed wide ranging changes to the appeals regulations designed to bring in new efficiencies. This webinar, presented by national Medicare appeals expert, Andrew Wachler, will provide a detailed explanation of the new and proposed appeals processes. The intended audiences are Medicare home health agencies and hospices.

Program Faculty:

  • Andrew Wachler, Principal, Wachler & Associates, P.C.

Registration:

Live Event plus Recording: Members – FREE, Non-members – $150

Recording Only: Members – FREE, Non-members – $150

Click Here to Register!


Director of Patient Services — Home Care & Hospice
Full Time

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center is changing every day. Many new medical innovations are being implemented, and there’s an air of exhilaration at the possibilities for an amazing future. Be the heart of our community – in our award-winning Home Care division! We rank as one of the best in America by recently being awarded the prestigious Home Care Elite Award!

We require

  • Education: BSN preferred or a Bachelor’s health/human services.
  • Experience: Two years as a supervising community health nurse
    OR
    if not a supervising community health nurse, two years of home care nursing experience plus a Master’s degree in nursing, public health, business administration or another health related field. Master’s not needed if possesses Bachelor’s and was a supervising community health nurse.
  • Licenses: Current NYS RN licensure
  • Knowledge: CMS and DOH Home Health regs

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