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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2998, 9/23/2016
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35 NAHC Forum States Associations Lend Support to Rural Access to Hospice Act
CMS Issues Advance Care Planning Fact Sheet
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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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35 NAHC Forum States Associations Lend Support to Rural Access to Hospice Act
NAHC Legislative Action Center Campaign Urges House/Senate Co-sponsorship

Under Medicare law, a patient electing hospice care has the right to declare his or her personal physician or nurse practitioner (NP) as the “hospice attending physician” so that the physician/NP can continue to treat the patient’s terminal and any related conditions even after admission to hospice.  This provision of law was included under the hospice benefit so that the hospice patient maintains continuity of care with a known health practitioner.  In many cases this gives hospice patients and their families the comfort needed to elect hospice care and receive the valuable services this benefit has to offer.

Unfortunately, while Medicare law allows a rural health clinic (RHC) or federally-qualified health center (FQHC)-employed physician or NP to act as a patient’s attending physician, RHCs and FQHCs may not bill for hospice attending physician services even when the services are medically necessary.  As a result, since many RHC and FQHC-employed physicians and NPs do not bill independently to Medicare Part B, these practitioners cannot be paid for their services as a hospice attending physician. 

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CMS Issues Advance Care Planning Fact Sheet

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made public a final rule governing Medicare Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY2016, which includes information on payment for advance care planning (ACP) services. As part of the final rule, CMS announced activation of:

  • CPT code 99497[Advance care planning including the explanation and discussion of advance directives such as standard forms (with completion of such forms, when performed) by the physician or other qualified health professional; first 30 minutes, face-to-face with the patient, family member(s) and/or surrogate] ; and
  • An add-on CPT code 99498, [Advance care planning including the explanation and discussion of advance directives such as standard forms (with completion of such forms, when performed), by the physician or other qualified health professional; each additional 30 minutes (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)].

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Live the Suite Life!
NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition, October 23–25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

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NAHC’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition is sponsored by:

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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.

We’ll see you in Orlando!

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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