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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2996, 9/21/2016
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Senator Wyden Introduces Bill to Lower Out-of-Pocket Medicare Costs
New Home-Based Care Program Reduces Disability and Promotes Aging in Place
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Senator Wyden Introduces Bill to Lower Out-of-Pocket Medicare Costs

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, introduced on Wednesday a bill to lower out of pocket expenses for Medicare recipients and expand the number of low-income seniors who are eligible for financial assistance.

The proposed legislation, the Medicare Affordability and Enrollment Act, would set a cap on out-of-pocket expenses for traditional Medicare services, something that already exists for Medicare Advantage and most commercial insurance plans. The bill limits the total amount of out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare Part A and B, including copays and deductibles, at $5,500 for 2018. Thereafter, the limit, which would apply only to covered services, would be adjusted up or down based on the movement of the Consumer Price Index.

In addition, the bill would eliminate the two-year waiting period to enroll in Medicare for people with disabilities and reduce penalties for those who sign up late for Medicare Part B to ten percent per month for twice as long as the time the eligible person waited to enroll. Currently, there is a lifetime penalty for those who enroll late. The bill would also reduce cost-sharing for “near-poor” beneficiaries who currently do not qualify for assistance and extend cost-sharing assistance for Part D enrollees in Puerto Rico, so they would be eligible for the same benefits as other enrollees.

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New Home-Based Care Program Reduces Disability and Promotes Aging in Place

A federally-funded home health project in Maryland helped elderly patients with disabilities significantly improve their ability to perform daily activities, reduced depression and enabled them to continue to live in their own homes.

Difficulty performing everyday functions, such as walking, dressing, bathing, and shopping, is a major cost driver that is usually overlooked in traditional medical care. This makes no sense because people with chronic illness and physical limitations are more than four times more likely to be among the top five percent of health care services than the rest of the general public. About $219 billion is spent every year on long-term service for people who cannot function independently.

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NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition, October 23–25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

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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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