Thursday, February 14, 2019

Updates to Emergency Preparedness Requirements

The CMS Quality, Safety and Oversight Group (QSO) recently released a memo to state survey agency directors, Emergency Preparedness- Updates to Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM), notifying them that  emerging infectious diseases have been added to the definition of all-hazards approach, and there are new Home Health Agency (HHA) citations and clarifications…

Bill to Enable Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health Introduced in Senate

Long-time home care champions Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296) in the 116th Congress. This long-standing NAHC priority legislation would enable non-physician practitioners the authority to certify home health orders under Medicare. In the past, this legislation has enjoyed strong, widespread bipartisan…

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A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hospice Supplemental Medical Review Contractor Activity

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)’ Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC), Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC, has posted a current hospice project – General Inpatient Hospice.   CMS contracted with Noridian on February 13, 2018 to help lower improper payment rates and increase efficiencies of Medicare and Medicaid medical review. The SMRC conducts medical review of…

CMS Issues Instructions for PDGM Claims Processing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request 11081, which provides claim processing  instructions to the Medicare Administrative Contractors ( MACs) that will be necessary to process home health claims with the implementation of the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). The PDGM will assign 30-day periods of care into one of…

For Your Information

A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Legislation to Vastly Improve PDGM Introduced in Senate

Bipartisan legislation (S. 433) has been introduced in the United States Senate to improve home health payment reforms to ensure beneficiary access to quality care services is not compromised for America’s growing senior population. Introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Doug Jones (D-AL) and…

For Your Information

A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hospice Quality Reporting Program – Upcoming Deadline and Quarterly Update

CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Submission Deadline The data submission deadline for patients that passed away in July, August and September 2018 (Quarter 3 2018) is February 13, 2019. Hospices are accountable for ensuring their survey vendors have successfully submitted files by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 13, 2019.  If data is not submitted by this time, the…

CMS to hold Important Call on PDGM

The Medicare Learning Network (MLN), part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will be present a call on the home health Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM ET. REGISTER NOW! During this call, learn about the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) that will be implemented…

For Your Information

A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…

Friday, February 8, 2019

Home Health Compare Updated

The January 2019 quarterly Home Health (HH) Compare refresh, including new quality measure results based on data submitted to CMS, is now available on the HH Compare Site. In addition to the HH QRP measures that have displayed on Home Health Compare previously, the following four new quality measures are newly reported on HH Compare:…

CMS Signals Intent to Study Web-based Administration of CAHPS Surveys

On January 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published notice in the Federal Register requesting input on plans for Testing of a Web Survey Design and Administration for CMS Experience of Care Surveys.  The request provides the opportunity for public comment on any burden that might be associated with CMS’ plans to…

For Your Information

A NAHC 2.0 Strategic Planning Update

In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home…

NAHC Meetings and Events

The Conference Finance Pros in Home Health & Hospice Cannot Afford to Miss

The Financial Management Conference is a great place for home care and hospice leaders to exchange ideas and gain insights. Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, July 15-17, in Austin, Texas, when financial managers and other leaders will gather to learn from each…

Membership Spotlight

NAHC Business Partner Marketplace

If you are an Associate Member, you are listed in our Associate Marketplace, the go-to resource for our home care and hospice provider members. The Business Partner Marketplace helps NAHC members find essential services, software, and tools from organizations they can trust. By updating your listing, you can showcase your business and attract these valuable…