Countdown to FMC 2022

FMC provides attendees with innovative and thought-provoking ideas for the future of home care and hospice… A must-attend event.

– Joe Calcutt, Liberty Healthcare

The countdown to FMC 2022 is officially under way! We just announced our full conference lineup of inspiring speakers, a dynamic expo, 30 educational sessions, and 2+ days in Las Vegas at an eye-catching venue.

The 2022 Financial Management Conference presents a host of opportunities for home care and hospice financial professionals – from finance managers to CFOs to come together and collaborate.

Connect with new people and reboot your skills with a wide array of industry topics, then head over to the expo to learn more about the latest trends and offerings tailored to the industry.

And don’t forget, registrants have access to reduced rates at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, available until June 22, 2022.

Unparalleled! One word that accurately describes the annual NAHC FMC. There is not a better conference for home care and hospice providers and their business partners to obtain education and network on the best practices for business management in the home care and hospice space!

– Mark P. Sharp, CPA, Partner, Forvis

Strategies to Win are at FMC 2022

Expert-Led Sessions – We’ve hand-selected 40+ leading experts in the industry to guide you on everything from revenue, recruitment, and tech. Take a look at the sessions. 

Who You Might See – You’ll get the opportunity to make meaningful connections with like-minded professionals like yourself. 67% of past attendees reported they were the financial decision-makers. Meet them at the expo.

Boost Your Profile – We are committed to providing education that aligns with earning credits. Access your course evaluations and CEs to continue building your career. Customize your sessions. 

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Are You an Advanced Practice Provider Serving Seriously Ill and Hospice Patients? Take the Survey!

In collaboration with 11 other organizations, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has helped develop a survey to identify barriers in continuity of care for patients of Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) when they are admitted to hospice. It is anticipated that the results will provide data and anecdotal stories that can be used for advocacy to encourage passage of laws to allow APPs to sign the hospice Certification of Terminal Illness (CTI) and for Clinical Nurse Specialists to continue to follow their patients as primary care providers.

Participation in this 25-question survey is completely voluntary and you may change your mind at any time. There is a rare risk that some of the questions may make you uncomfortable, but you may skip questions you don’t want to answer. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you are an APP who has referred a patient to hospice, we invite you to participate in completion of the research survey. No personal identification will be collected but as with any research survey, 100% confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. De-identified data will be shared with all 12 participating organizations and may be shared with future researchers. Completion of the survey implies consent to include your responses in the data analysis.

The survey will remain open from April 01, 2022, until April 15, 2022. If you have referred patients to hospice and you agree to participate you can access the survey using this link:  https://cwru.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3K6C0YgS51hnDBs

Bipartisan Push in Congress to Make Medicare Enrollment Easier

Legislation has recently been introduced that would work to improve the Medicare enrollment process for individuals nearing Medicare eligibility, aged 60-64. Longtime home care champions Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Todd Young (R-IN) are leading the charge for the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification 2.0 (BENES 2.0) Act, (S. 2675). BENES 2.0 continues the theme of the original BENES Act, many provisions of which became law in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, in supporting individuals in their Medicare enrollment process.

BENES 2.0 would require the federal government to provide clear explanation on Medicare benefit eligibility, information on late enrollment penalties, coordination of benefits, and resources available for further assistance. This information is to be included on Social Security Account statements for those attaining the ages of 60 – 65.

At introduction Senator Casey stated, “Medicare is one of America’s greatest success stories, but we need to make sure people can make the most of the Medicare benefits they have earned. That’s why I introduced the bipartisan BENES 2.0 Act to ensure that fewer people miss the deadline to enroll, which can lead to costly lifelong penalties.”

Senator Young added, “Currently, seniors who miss the sign-up deadline for Medicare Part B face onerous penalties that persist for the rest of their lives. The BENES 2.0 Act will ensure individuals have access to the information necessary to make more informed decisions as they approach Medicare eligibility.”

Joining Senator Casey and Young with introduction were Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Tim Scott (R-SC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tina Smith (D-MN).

NAHC Announces New Committees Members for 2022

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has chosen the leaders who will serve on the commmittees that will help improve NAHC governance, finances, public policy, and more. These committees will be vital to the overall strengthening of NAHC as the unifying voice of home care, home health, and hospice.

Beginning in February 2022, NAHC began selecting members on these committees, which are for one year and subject to reappointment from year to year.

Committee participation brings together members from the home care community with different backgrounds, values, viewpoints, and abilities to work collaboratively. These wide-ranging abilities result in a greater knowledge base, that results in better quality decisions. Additionally, group deliberations ensure a thorough consideration of an issue from all angles and alternative points of view prior to arriving at a decision.

NAHC thanks everyone who submitted an application to join a committee and we congratulate everyone selected to serve.

Below is a listing of our newly appointed committee members for 2022. We look forward to working together this year!

2022 Audit Committee

Chair Rod Windley Aveanna Atlanta GA
Member Susan Ponder-Stansel Alivia Care, Inc. Jacksonville FL
Member Robert Love Butte Home Health and Hospice Chico CA
Member Robert Ramsey Axxess Waxahachie TX

 

2022 Executive Evaluation and Compensation Committee

Chair Kenneth Albert Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice Lewiston ME
Member David Causby Kindred Care at Home Atlanta GA
Member Mary Myers Johns Hopkins Home Care Baltimore MD
Member Jason E. Bring Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP Atlanta GA
Member William Simione, III SimiTree Healthcare Consultants Hamden CT

 

2022 Finance Committee

Chair William Simione, III SimiTree Healthcare Consultants Hamden CT
Member Bart Bybee Healing Hands Healthcare WICHITA FALLS TX
Member Beau Sorensen Visionbound Provo UT
Member Cheryl Lovell ClC Grooup/ Berry Dunn gilbert AZ
Member John M. Wittenberg, CPA Axxess Dallas TX
Member Kurt Baumgartel Compassus Brentwood TN
Member Sheila Davis Always Best Care Senior Services Wichita Falls TX

 

2022 Governance and Nominating Committee

Chair Melissa Jeremiah Hoosier Uplands Home Health Care & Hospice Mitchell IN
Member Brent Korte EvergreenHealth Kenmore WA
Member Sheryl Bellinger Professional Home Health Care, Inc Longmont CO
Member Colleen Hilton Northern Light Home Care & Hospice South Portland ME
Member Jenifer Hamilton, MSN, RN, CHPN Henry Ford Allegiance Health Jackson MI
Member Kathleen Sullivan Dignity Health Santa Maria CA
Member Tim Ingram Axxess Dallas TX

 

Public Policy Committee

Chair Sara Ratcliffe Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Springfield IL
Member Al Cardillo Home Care Association of New York State Albany NY
Member Beth Slepian Granite VNA Concord NH
Member Cindy Campbell WellSky del mar CA
Member Dan Lowenstein Visiting Nurse Service of NY New York NY
Member Scott Levy Amedisys, Inc. Mount Pleasant SC
Member Ellen B Bolch THA Group Savannah GA
Member Jenn Ofelt UnityPoint at Home West Des Moines IA
Member Cindy Krafft K&K Health Care Solutions Temple GA

NAHC Committee functions are outlined in the NAHC Bylaws.

What You Need to Know About the CMS Open Door Forum

During the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medicare Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF), the following information and updates were provided:

FY2023 Hospice Proposed Rule

CMS provided a brief update of the proposed payment rate update (2.7%), wage index changes, and other aspects of the recently released FY2023 hospice proposed rule.  See the detailed NAHC summary and a link to the NAHC recorded webinar here.

Hospice Quality Reporting Program

CMS reminded hospices that the FY2024 annual payment update is based on the CY2022 data submissions.  Hospices must comply with the following HIS and Hospice CAHPS Survey participation requirements to avoid the APU penalty which increases to 4% in FY2024.

  • Submit at least 90% of HIS records within the 30 days of the event date (patient’s admission or discharge) for patient admissions/discharges occurring 1/1/22 – 12/31/22
  • Ongoing monthly participation in the CAHPS Hospice Survey 1/1/22 – 12/31/22

Public reporting of the new claims-based measures

  • Hospice Care Index (HCI), and
  • Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL)

will occur with the May 2022 refresh of Care Compare.  The Provider Preview Reports for this refresh were made available to hospices in their CASPER folders in March.  Hospices should note that the Preview Reports drop off their CASPER folder after 60 days; therefore, hospices are encouraged to download and save or print these reports for future reference.

CAHPS Hospice Survey Star Rating will be reported in August 2022.  It will NOT be reported with the May Care Compare refresh.

NAHC Seeks Dialogue with Hospices Involved in MA VBID Hospice Component Model

Beginning in January 2022, the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Hospice Benefit Component model entered its second year of operation. Under the model, participating MA plans include the hospice benefit among their benefit offerings, as well as transitional concurrent care, palliative care, and hospice-specific supplemental benefits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to operate the model for a total of four years (CY2021 through CY2024).

During the first year, nine MA plans participated in the model in 14 states and territories through 53 separate plan benefit packages (PBPs).  During CY2022, the second year, the model expanded to 13 MA plans (through 115 PBPs) operating in 22 states and territories.  In CY2022, that translates to a total of 461 counties in which the MA VBID Hospice Component model is operating across the nation.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is seeking to connect hospice providers participating in the model – either as in-network or out-of-network hospices — for individual conversations about their experience in the model. If you are a hospice that has served patients enrolled in the MA VBID Hospice Component model, we urge you to contact Theresa Forster (tmf@nahc.org), NAHC’s VP for Hospice Policy & Programs, to schedule a brief discussion of your discuss your experience.  Your participation will help NAHC assess the impact that the model may be having on hospice providers and the hospice benefit.

Following are the states in which the MA VBID Hospice Component Model is or has operated during CY2021 and CY2022:

  1. Alabama
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia
  6. Hawaii
  7. Idaho
  8. Illinois
  9. Indiana
  10. Kentucky
  11. Massachusetts
  12. New Mexico
  13. New York
  14. Ohio
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Oregon
  17. Pennsylvania
  18. Puerto Rico
  19. Texas
  20. Utah
  21. Virginia
  22. Washington

Please note:  If you are a hospice provider and the VBID Hospice Benefit Component is offered in your state and you are interested in determining whether it is being offered in your service area, you must consult the list of PBPs for which CMS has posted a link HERE, sort by state and review the list of counties and zip codes where the PBPs are operating.

Register Now for the Top Conference for Industry Execs & Financial Professionals

Registration for the 2022 Financial Management Conference (FMC) in Las Vegas, Nevada is now open! This year’s event will be from July 24-26, 2022 at the world famous Caesars Palace.

If you’re a C-suite executive and/or financial professional in home care and hospice, this is the conference you cannot afford to miss. FMC is designed to give industry pros who manage, supervise, or collaborate with the financial arm of their organization a platform to share insights and engage.

FMC is centered on delivering value to your organization, focusing on efficiency, budgeting, benchmarking, operations, return on investment, and more. Comprehensive educational sessions will cover the industry’s most pressing topics and issues, so you’ll leave equipped to contribute to your organization immediately. We’re bringing you the best experts and practitioners in the industry to present you with new insights that will answer your burning questions.

This event is an investment for you and your organization. Make those valuable connections needed to take your career and organization to the next level. Here is what you have to look forward to this year:

  • Live education on trending topics;
  • Networking with more than 500 home care and hospice finance professionals;
  • Marketplace designed to give you a first-hand look at products and services;
  • Luxury accommodations at the Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino;
  • Access to a world-class faculty of speakers.

Have a look at the world class education we will be offering at FMC 2022. And don’t forget the only expo designed exclusively for the needs of home care and hospice financial professionals.

NAHC will also offer a digital-only registration that gives attendees access to recordings of the 28 education sessions and three general sessions. In addition to digital-only registrations, in-person conference registrations will also have access to the recordings.

Register before June 21, 2022, to secure early bird pricing!

At this year’s conference at Caesars Palace Las Vegas you will experience a rich culture of entertainment and hospitality, while expanding your knowledge base, building your career and making important new contacts in the industry.

NAHC has secured the following room block at Caesars Palace Las Vegas available to you at a reduced rate until June 22, 2022.

We look forward to seeing you July 24-26, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada, for this expert-led event brought to you in part by the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA).

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U.S. Renews Public Health Emergency Again

On Wednesday, April 13, Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) that has been in effect since January 27, 2020 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective April 16, 2022, the ​January 31, 2020, determination by former Secretary Alex M. Azar II… that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.

This latest renewal of the PHE will last for 90 days, at which point it will lapse or be renewed again.

This news is not a surprise, as the Biden administration had hinted for some time that a renewal was coming.

The most recent renewal of the PHE occurred on January 14, 2022.

A declaration of a PHE permits, among other things, emergency use authorization of vaccines, the access to funding to address the emergency, and deployment of military trauma care providers.

Renewing the public health emergency declaration ensures health care providers and state and territorial health departments have continued flexibility to respond to the pandemic, helping save lives. These flexibilities support efforts such as rapid patient care during emergencies, including waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for certain requirements under section 1135 of the Social Security Act. Examples of such requirements include preapproval requirements and temporarily reassignment of state, territorial, tribal or local staff who typically are funded by federal grants in order to respond to the emergency.

HHS will provide states and territories with no less than 60 days’ notice prior to the termination of the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19.

Bipartisan Push in Congress to Make Medicare Enrollment Easier

Legislation has recently been introduced that would work to improve the Medicare enrollment process for individuals nearing Medicare eligibility, aged 60-64. Longtime home care champions Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Todd Young (R-IN) are leading the charge for the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification 2.0 (BENES 2.0) Act, (S. 2675). BENES 2.0 continues the theme of the original BENES Act, many provisions of which became law in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, in supporting individuals in their Medicare enrollment process.

BENES 2.0 would require the federal government to provide clear explanation on Medicare benefit eligibility, information on late enrollment penalties, coordination of benefits, and resources available for further assistance. This information is to be included on Social Security Account statements for those attaining the ages of 60 – 65.

At introduction Senator Casey stated, “Medicare is one of America’s greatest success stories, but we need to make sure people can make the most of the Medicare benefits they have earned. That’s why I introduced the bipartisan BENES 2.0 Act to ensure that fewer people miss the deadline to enroll, which can lead to costly lifelong penalties.”

Senator Young added, “Currently, seniors who miss the sign-up deadline for Medicare Part B face onerous penalties that persist for the rest of their lives. The BENES 2.0 Act will ensure individuals have access to the information necessary to make more informed decisions as they approach Medicare eligibility.”

Joining Senator Casey and Young with introduction were Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Tim Scott (R-SC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tina Smith (D-MN).

Hospice News & Notes

Hospice News & Notes is a rapid-fire article that will quickly alert you to news and developments in the world of hospice and palliative care with a sentence or two and a link to learn more. Read on.