Connecting With Caregivers: Understanding Direct Care Workers & Their Needs

Thursday, January 26, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT REGISTER The shortage of direct care workers is a national crisis—and recruiting and retaining them is a priority for the industry. By 2040, the caregiving workforce needs to increase by 8.2 million jobs to meet projected demand. You can better recruit, train and retain caregivers…

National Hospice Leaders Urge CMS and Congress to Advance Program Integrity in Hospice Care through Effective Oversight

The four national hospice provider organizations: the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), LeadingAge, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), provided the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and key Congressional stakeholders with recommended legislative and regulatory changes to strengthen hospice program integrity. The recent entry of…

Long Term and Post-Acute Care Law and Compliance (formerly Long Term Care and the Law)

  • March 1–3, 2023
  • New Orleans, LA
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Hear Insights on Regulatory Changes, Operation Management, Transactions, and Compliance

Nursing facility, assisted living, and home health audiences won’t want to miss this year’s sessions, which focus on cutting edge issues that are front and center within the post-acute continuum. Registrants can attend these sessions in person and then watch sessions they miss on demand after the program. Attendees also have the opportunity to engage with colleagues during the networking opportunities available during and between sessions!

Explore the full schedule for this exciting and informative meeting, where leading in-house and outside lawyers, compliance officers, consultants, and other advisors for the long term care industry will be presenting on legal, compliance, and operational issues faced by providers.

NAHC members who are not AHLA members save $175 on the entire program at registration. In addition, NAHC’s President Bill Dombi will give a Home Health Legislative and Regulatory Update on March 3. Register and book your hotel by February 7 for early bird discounts. Learn more.  


NAHC’S Bill Dombi will speak on Thursday, March 3 at 9:45 am and 1:45 pm:  

Home Health Legislative and Regulatory Update (HH)

  • The 2023 Medicare home health payment rule updates
  • Nationwide expanded Medicare Home Health Value Based Purchasing Demonstration
  • Hospice quality of care survey and sanction reforms
  • Hospice claims oversight
  • Hospice business practices under review
  • 2024 MedPAC recommendations on home health and hospice reforms
  • Status of home care expansions in Medicare
  • Impact of PHE end on home health and hospice waivers by CMS

Connecting With Caregivers: Understanding Direct Care Workers & Their Needs

  • Thursday, January 26, 2022
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
  • REGISTER
The shortage of direct care workers is a national crisis—and recruiting and retaining them is a priority for the industry. By 2040, the caregiving workforce needs to increase by 8.2 million jobs to meet projected demand. You can better recruit, train and retain caregivers if you can anticipate their needs. Join us for this RoundTable to learn more from experts in the field and get your questions answered.

Speakers:

  • William Dombi, President, National Association for Homecare & Hospice
  • Brandi Kurtyka, CEO, Missioncare Collective
  • Jeff Salter, CEO, Caring Senior Service
  • Hannah Wolfson, Editor, HomeCare Media

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended Again

The Biden administration has 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. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on January 11, 2023: As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  pandemic, on…

NAHC and CMA Announce New Hospice Resource for Consumers

Over 1.7 million Medicare beneficiaries receive hospice care1. It is one of many benefits available under Medicare and provided by approximately 5,000 Medicare-certified hospices. Each of these hospices must provide certain services and meet specific requirements. However, each can provide these services in different ways. Navigating the details can be confusing, leading to many questions…

MedPAC Calls for 7 Percent Home Health Rate Cut

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed a proposal to reduce the 2023 Medicare base payment rate for home health agencies by seven percent, during the commission’s annual December meeting. MedPAC staff presented to Commisioners information and recommendations from the 2021 benefit data, including the following points: Medicare margins for 2021 were 24.9 percent; All-payer margin in…

NAHC and CMA Announce New Hospice Resource for Consumers

Over 1.7 million Medicare beneficiaries receive hospice care1. It is one of many benefits available under Medicare and provided by approximately 5,000 Medicare-certified hospices. Each of these hospices must provide certain services and meet specific requirements. However, each can provide these services in different ways. Navigating the details can be confusing, leading to many questions and misunderstandings. Making the decision to choose hospice care and choosing a hospice provider are two of the most important decisions anyone will make for themselves or a loved one. Finding a hospice that meets the needs of each patient may take some time.

To help beneficiaries sort through the details and learn about the hospice options available under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) and the National Association for Home & Hospice Care (NAHC) jointly developed “Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hospice.” These questions are intended to prompt discussion between beneficiaries and hospices so that patients fully understand coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and how these services are provided by the hospice they are considering.

“With a growing use of hospice care, it is essential that Medicare beneficiaries and their families are well-equipped to understand what it takes to choose the right hospice,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “We are proud to have the opportunity to team-up with the Center for Medicare Advocacy to contribute well-focused guidance on hospice care and provider options. There are few health care decisions that one may make that are more important than selecting a qualified hospice provider.”

“As patients face terminal illness, the decision to choose hospice care is complex, and often difficult. We hope this document will help patients and families understand Medicare hospice coverage, the benefit from receiving hospice care, and available provider options. The booklet includes questions and guidance we hope will be valuable in finding care people can rely on as they live with serious illness,” said Judith Stein, Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy. The “Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hospice” document is available on the CMA website and the NAHC website.

1MedPAC Report to the Congress (March 2022): https://www.medpac.gov/wpcontent/uploads/2022/03/Mar22_MedPAC_ReportToCongress_v3_SEC.pdf

NAHC Board of Directors Update: Strategic Plan & Personnel

A new strategic plan and the composition of the 2023 NAHC Board of Directors were both approved and finalized at the December 5th meeting of the Board. The strategic plan, which was announced at the 2022 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo in St. Louis in October, was also presented to NAHC membership for…

Home Care Industry Update

Register now! This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration. Dec 15, 2022 12:00 PM EST // 11:00 AM CST // 10:00 AM MST // 9:00 AM PST Join Polsinelli, and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) for a legal update tailored for the Home-Based Care Industry (home health,…