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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2991, 9/14/2016
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Hospitals Charge Huge Markups, New Study Finds
CMS Life Safety Code Updates Impacting Hospices with Inpatient and Residential Units
For Your Information: Home is the Center of Health Care at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition
Job Corner: Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer, Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Director of Patient Services — Home Care & Hospice, Long Island, NY
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Hospitals Charge Huge Markups, New Study Finds

“There is a real premium in keeping people out of the hospitals,” NAHC President Val Halamandaris has said. Truer words were never spoken, as a new study from Johns Hopkins University reveals that hospitals strategically use enormous markups to maximize revenue.

Researchers found that many hospitals charge more than 20 times the cost of services, particularly for anesthesiology and CT scans, as part of a way to quietly boost revenues in ways patients may not notice or understand. Other high-tech services with very  high markups are MRI, electrocephalography (testing brain impulse patterns] and electrocardiology (testing heart electrical patterns).

“Hospitals apparently mark up higher in the departments with more complex services, because it is more difficult for patients to compare prices in these departments,” Ge Bai, who led the study and is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, said in a statement. Lower-tech services like nursing and physical therapy typically had fees far closer to actual cost, according to researchers, lending credence to the notion that hospitals bury huge fees in complicated and high-tech services.

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CMS Life Safety Code Updates Impacting Hospices with Inpatient and Residential Units

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued on September 9 new updates to the State Operations Manual, with changes that could impact the hospice community. Transmittal 159 - Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix I – Survey Procedures for Life Safety Code Surveys potentially impacts hospices with hospice inpatient units, hospice houses, or other hospice residential units (hospice facilities).  Many state and accrediting organization surveyors will conduct the life safety code portion of surveys of hospice facilities, however, there are times when the surveyors will ask to have a life safety code surveyor conduct this portion of the survey.

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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.

Learn
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.

Connect
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.

Discover
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.

Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer — The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Full Time

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (Society), the nation’s largest not-for-profit, faith-based provider of senior housing and services, seeks a Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer for its fast-growing Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) business enterprise. 

This leader directs planning, development, implementation, training, and monitoring of all regulatory compliance and HIPAA privacy programs for Home Health and Hospice services and Services@Home/Private Duty across the enterprise, including the Society’s subsidiary operations. This position is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; however, a telework arrangement may be considered.

Compliance: Broad knowledge of healthcare and business operations gained through a four-year degree in business, management or healthcare; prefer advanced degree applicable to the duties and responsibilities of the position, a minimum of 5 years’ experience in healthcare industry and at least three years’ experience in compliance/quality for a healthcare organization or equivalent.  Must have knowledge and experience in payment, reimbursement and clinical documentation requirements for home-health related services - especially for the Medicare program.

Privacy: Certified in Healthcare Privacy (CHPS) or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) designation preferred; knowledge/experience in electronic medical records in healthcare; ability to learn/develop high proficiency in computerized records systems.

To apply, visit the Society’s career website at:

http://wwwapp01.good-sam.com/index.php/locations/job_form/0010/82263

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
    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

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 msingh@bmhmc.org An amazing career awaits you. EOE/AAP/M/F/D/V

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