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NAHC & Allies Send Letter to Congress Urging Changes to Proposal on Value Based Purchasing in Post-Acute Care Settings
CMS Releases Final Emergency Preparedness Rule
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NAHC & Allies Send Letter to Congress Urging Changes to Proposal on Value Based Purchasing in Post-Acute Care Settings

On September 15, NAHC and other members of the post-acute care (PAC) community sent a letter to House Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) to urge that important changes be made to the Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing Act of 2015 (H.R. 3298).

The legislation would create an incentive pool for four post-acute settings – home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals.  When the legislation was first introduced in 2015, NAHC and other post-acute care organizations expressed concerns with the program.  Concerns included that the program does not adhere to the implementation timeline that was established under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, quality measures (rather than just a focus on spending) should be narrow and include at least one measure focused on patient outcomes, and the withhold amount in a program should not be more than two percent at full implementation.

While NAHC and its allies remain committed to advancing PAC value-based purchasing (VBP), we cannot support the bill without changes that will improve it for patients and providers

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CMS Releases Final Emergency Preparedness Rule

As NAHC has previously reported, CMS released proposed emergency preparedness rules in late 2013 for which The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments.  CMS has three years from the date of publication of a proposed rule to finalize it or the rule-making process must be initiated again.  With a little time to spare, CMS published the final emergency preparedness rule in the Federal Register on September 8.  Much of the requirements are the same or similar to the proposed rule.  The below provides you a summary of the proposed rule for hospice and home health. In addition, NAHC has developed a side by side comparison of the requirement as proposed and finalized for both home health and hospice organizations. Changes are outlined in bulleted format below.

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NAHC’s Annual Meeting is October 23-25 in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms. Register for the conference and reserve your hotel room in the NAHC block by September 21 and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a free upgrade to a suite at the same rate as a standard room plus dinner for two at MOOR, Gaylord Palms’ fine dining restaurant that features fresh, local and sustainable food ($100 value).

If you don’t win the raffle drawing you might be one of four lucky attendees to receive one hotel night free during the conference! Winners will be notified by email.

To take advantage of this special treat, register and reserve your room by September 21. Click here to register for the conference and book your room.

To learn more about the conference educational opportunities, keynote speakers, the home care & hospice expo and much more, click here.

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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:

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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