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CMS: Over 400 HHVBP Participants Still Not Registered for the Secure Portal
Report: Caregivers Need Help, Too
For Your Information: Former SouthWest CEO to Address NAHC on the Most Powerful Rule for Business Success
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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CMS: Over 400 HHVBP Participants Still Not Registered for the Secure Portal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has informed the National Association for Home Care & Hospice that 438 agencies across the nine states that are participating the home health value based purchasing (HHVBP) program have yet to complete the final steps to access to the HHVBP Secure Portal as of September 18, 2016.

Without access to the HHVBP Secure Portal, agencies are not able to view the first Interim Performance Reports (IPRs) that were posted on the HHVBP Secure Portal on July 27th, 2016, and will be unable to submit data for the three New Measures each quarter starting October1, 2016.   

Agencies must report the New Measures through the HHVBP Secure Portal beginning October 1, 2016, but no later than Oct 16, 2016, in order to receive the maximal allowed points for their total point score (TPS). Each of the New Measures equals 10 points, representing 10 % of the TPS. The reporting period for the New Measures reflects data collected between July, 2016 and September, 2016.

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Report: Caregivers Need Help, Too

The health and well-being of millions of older Americans is at risk unless the United States does more to help family caregivers who sacrifice their time and money to look after their loved ones, according to a new report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Describing caregiving as “a critical issue of public policy,” a committee of experts in health care and aging urged the next administration to swiftly offer more support to elderly patients and their caregivers as the population continues to age and shrinking families come under increasing strain, says the report. The panel of experts believes the Department of Health and Human Services should lead this effort by developing a national strategy with other federal agencies to assist the health care system and provide workplace support for family caregivers.

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Former SouthWest CEO to Address NAHC on the Most Powerful Rule for Business Success
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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We’ve got three days of impressive keynote speakers, amazing educational sessions and engaging networking opportunities. All of this will leave you excited, energized and ready to put into practice what you learned when you return home.

From the NAHC stage, former SouthWest Airlines CEO Jim Parker will talk about why doing the right thing by your employees and customers doesn’t only “feel good,” it's the most powerful rule for business success. He says if you develop a respect and appreciation for your employees, they’ll do the same for your customers. He’ll share personal insights explaining that it’s really not that hard to do the right thing no matter what industry sector you’re in.

Parker, author of the book Do the Right Thing, led Southwest Airlines during the wake of 9/11 and was faced with a disastrous situation that threatened to ruin not only their airline but the entire airline industry. His leadership approach was: no layoffs, no pay cuts and no-hassle ticket refunds. The result, Southwest remained profitable and was the only major airline to protect the jobs of all its employees.

Jim Parker speaks at Sunday’s General Session at NAHC 2016.

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:

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