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  NAHC Report: Issue #3004, 10/3/2016
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CMS: Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports Now Available
Social Media Monday: What is Social Media?
For Your Information: “The Invisible Patients,” a documentary film about life at the edges of our healthcare system
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: Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports Now Available

The Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports and the Home Health Compare Provider Preview Reports are now available in the Provider CASPER folders. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in January 2017. The deadline to submit a request to have the Quality of Patient Care star rating data suppressed is October 24, 2016. Please follow the directions laid out in the Quality of Patient Care star rating Preview Report to submit a suppression request. 
The October 2016 refresh of the Home Health Compare website will occur on October 19, 2016. The data presented on HHC in October will match those presented in the preview reports that were uploaded to CASPER in July.

we encourage home health agencies to review their reports now in the event that there are discrepancies that must be reported since request for suppression deadline is Oct. 24. 

Any questions about these reports can be directed to

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Social Media Monday: What is Social Media?

Today we inaugurate a new series of articles on NAHC Report that I hope you will enjoy and find useful. It’s called Social Media Monday and, as the name implies, NAHC Report will feature a story on Monday about social media and how NAHC members can use it.

So, what is social media? Well, the dictionary definition is “websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.” Straightforward, but not particularly helpful. The truth is, the term social media is often used so widely and vaguely that it could be applied to almost any website on the Internet. The “social” part of social media refers to the interaction and sharing of information between people. The “media” part of social media refers to the instrument of that communication – in this case, the Internet and web-based applications. So, to sum it up as best as I can, social media is the interaction of people who create, share and consume information using web-based communication tools.

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“The Invisible Patients,” a documentary film about life at the edges of our healthcare system
Screening at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition, October 25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

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

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Homecare Homebase
Ability Network
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THE INVISIBLE PATIENTS tells the story of Jessica Macleod, a nurse
practitioner, and four homebound patients she cares for in Evansville, Indiana. Together they put a human face on some of the most urgent healthcare issues facing our nation, from the living conditions of the elderly poor and end-of-life care, to the soaring costs of hospitalization, complexity of insurance and overprescription of opiates. Their stories reveal the emotional as well as financial burdens created by our current system, and cry out for solutions. THE INVISIBLE PATIENTS pulls back the curtain on a hidden, vulnerable population, whose circumstances ask us to wrestle with not just healthcare policy, but as importantly, how to mend today’s fraying social fabric.

“We are proud to bring this film to the attention of our members.  It is a highly moving and highly professional depiction of what Mother Teresa called ‘loving from the heart.’ The film will make everyone even more proud of the work to which all of us have given our lives,” said NAHC President, Val J. Halamandaris.

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

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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