Industry Greets New Face-to-Face Rule with Cautious Optimism

From Home Helth Care News By Kourtney Liepelt | February 1, 2016 It seems the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) learned from a rocky rollout for its Medicare face-to-face rule, as it released similar regulations with several key distinctions last week for home care services covered by Medicaid. “We’re very appreciative of the […]

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A Parting Lesson from My Parents

As Andrew’s dad approached the end of his life, there were difficult choices to be made.  Read the heartfelt account of how president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Andrew Dreyfus found himself on the family side of health care in his moving opinion piece “A Parting Lesson from My […]

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Integrating the Community Based Organization Into the Post-Acute Care Continuum

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has prompted an environment that is encouraging non-traditional collaboration across the care continuum. In response to the need to better manage the health of a population beyond the confines of a hospital setting, healthcare providers and payers have begun to integrate the social sector into their strategic partnerships. […]

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Something in Your Christmas Stocking: CFI Retroactive Payment

NH DHHS has informed the Association that home care agencies will receive $371,775 extra in their CFI payments during the week of December 28th. This special payment is for the legislatively-mandated 5% rate increase for Choices for Independence.  It is a retroactive payment for CFI RN, HHA, homemaker and PCSP services that were provided from July […]

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NGS Releases New Presentation on Home Health Certification

The Home Health Roadshow that National Government Services hosted in Boston earlier this month received much criticism.  Many complained about confusing and conflicting information in regard to documentation for Medicare home health certification.  As a result, NGS has released a revised 66-page presentation that has been approved by CMS.  You can access this NGS presentation on […]

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Let’s Get Presidential Candidates Talking about Home Care

With the New Hampshire Presidential Primary fast approaching, candidates are swarming the Granite State. New Hampshire residents have the unique privilege of vetting our future president. There are so many opportunities to meet the candidates at town hall meetings, round table discussions and neighborhood living rooms. Let’s hear what the candidates have to say about […]

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Report Says Baby Boomer Less Healthy

A recent report from the University for Southern California’s Schaeffer Center of Health Policy and Economics says Baby Boomers will set another trend: more of them will need care for chronic conditions than any generation before them. According to the report, after the last of the baby boomers is fully eligible for Medicare, the federal […]

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MedPAC Recommends No Hospice Increase for FY2017

As expected, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has recommended no raise next year for hospice because they believe hospice payments are too high. MedPAC staff estimate the profit margin for hospice providers in 2016 will be 7.7 percent, way too high for them (as compared with an estimated margin of 8.6 percent in 2013). […]

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CMS December 1, 2015 National Provider Call Recording

Description: This MLN Connects® National Provider Call focuses on nursing home providers, as well as transitions of care between acute and long-term settings. A physician shares approaches to effectively manage high-risk medications, and a pharmacist discusses the importance of drug regimen reviews and medication reconciliation. Additionally, CMS subject matter experts update you on the progress […]

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Changes to Hospital CoPs Impact Home Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CNS) has proposed changes to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals that will impact home health. Under the new rules, hospitals must have “an effective” discharge planning process that focuses on the patient’s goals and which assures a smooth transition from the hospital to home health. If […]

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NAHC Appeals Labor Lawsuit Defeat

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) has appealed the adverse ruling in its Department of labor lawsuit regarding the “companionship services” and “live-in domestic services” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. NAHC has filed a petition with the Supreme Court. In addition, there are several amicus curiae (“friends of the […]

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Probe and Educate Review for F2F, Medicare Eligibility

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a Medlearn Matters (MLN) article SE1524 which provides further details on the ‘Probe and Educate’ Review audits it is conducting for home health agencies (HHAs). Earlier this year, CMS announced its plans to begin a ‘Probe and Educate’ strategy for reviewing Medicare home health claims […]

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CQI Member List

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Home Care Aide Week 2015

Home Care Aide Week November 8-14, 2015 Caring in Action During November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and the families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system […]

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Save the Dates: New “Third Thursdays” Event Schedule

Home health professionals are busy. Now, there’s an understatement. In order to make the most of your limited time, HHQI’s three primary online Networking events – LiveChat, Cardiovascular Learning & Action Network (CardioLAN) webinars, and Underserved Populations (UP) webinars – will each be held quarterly, rotating to always occur from 2-3pm (ET) on the third […]

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New Immunizations Course Offers 2 Nursing CEs

Just in time for flu season, HHQI University now offers a free online course focused on adult immunizations as recommended by current CDC guidelines. Located in the Hospitalizations course catalog, this course primarily focuses on influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations but other immunizations are also addressed. Nurses who successfully complete the course will earn 2.0 hours […]

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Seeking Public Comments for Healthy People 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in Fall 2014. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects […]

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Federal Court Rules In Favor of Medicare While Restricting Scope of F2F Narrative

U.S District Judge Christopher R. Cooper issued his decision yesterday in the lawsuit brought by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) challenging the validity of the Medicare rule that a physician provide a narrative to document the face-to-face encounter with the patient. Judge Cooper ruled against NAHC and granted “Summary Judgment” to […]

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Doctors Encouraged to Talk About End-of-Life

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has finalized its proposal to reimburse physicians and other eligible providers for providing advance care planning services to Medicare beneficiaries. This policy will allow individual beneficiaries to receive the care they want when experiencing advanced illness, including but not exclusively at the end of life. Under the final […]

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New DOL Home Care Worker Overtime Rules Enforced This Month

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule providing many home care workers protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) including the right to minimum wage and overtime is moving forward for implementation. While the rule was to become effective January 1, 2015, an association of providers of home care services challenged the rule in […]

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