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CMS Issues FY2017 Medicaid Hospice Payment Rates
CMS Finalizes Rule to Bolster Emergency Preparedness of Facilities Participating in Medicare & Medicaid
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CMS Issues FY2017 Medicaid Hospice Payment Rates

In a Memorandum to Associate Regional Administrators in the Division of Medicaid dated September 1, 2016, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Financial Management Group has issued notice of the minimum Medicaid Hospice payment rates that will be effective for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  By law Medicaid fee-for-service hospice payments are calculated using Medicare rates for the applicable time period, although there are minor differences in the payment rates.  States have the flexibility to pay hospice programs higher rates than these minimums set by CMS. 

As under Medicare, Medicaid hospices will be paid at one of two Routine Home Care (RHC) rates depending on where the day of care falls in the patient’s episode of care (days 1 - 60 and day 61 or later); regulation also directs Medicaid to provide payment for the Service Intensity Add-on (SIA) for up to four hours in each of the final seven days of life at the Continuous Home Care (CHC) hourly rate of $40.21 if the required conditions are met. Please note that Medicaid hospice providers are subject to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements, so failure to submit the applicable quality data will result in a 2 percentage point reduction in the hospice’s market basket update.

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CMS Finalizes Rule to Bolster Emergency Preparedness of Facilities Participating in Medicare & Medicaid

On September 8 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS] finalized a rule creating emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The rule, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, aims to improve patient safety and establish coordinated responses to natural and man-made disasters. The rule will require all 17 provider and supplier types to plan for disasters and coordinate with federal, state tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems

“Situations like the recent flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, remind us that in the event of an emergency, the first priority of health care providers and suppliers is to protect the health and safety of their patients,” said CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc. “Preparation, planning, and one comprehensive approach for emergency preparedness is key. One life lost is one too many.”

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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: NAHC members pay $950 for the conference; non-members pay $1,350. 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.

Director of Patient Services — Home Care & Hospice, Long Island, NY
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
    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

We’re just minutes from the world-famous Hamptons, over 60 award-winning vineyards, water parks, picturesque rural farms, historical homes and Montauk. Look to a hospital that has a fresh new feel in the air as we continue to transform. Email An amazing career awaits you. EOE/AAP/M/F/D/V

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