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Review of Home Care Star Rating

CMS established the Home Health Compare (HHC) website on Medicare.gov as a key tool for consumers to use when choosing a home health care provider.  CMS has now added “star ratings” to HHC in order to make the information there easier to use. The star ratings summarize some of the current measures of home health […]

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CMS Issues G-Codes to Differentiate RN and LPN visits for Hospice, Home Health

From NAHC: Different Codes for RN/LPN Visits will Facilitate Implementation of Hospice Payment Reforms On Friday, October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Transmittal 3378/Change Request 9369, providing Additional G-Codes Differentiating Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the Home Health and Hospice Settings. The issuance of these two […]

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ACA Small Group Rule Repealed by Congress

On Oct. 7, President Barack Obama signed into law The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act, a measure to rescind the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) expanded definition of a small employer to include business with 51 to 100 employees.  This would subject more employers to the rules of the small group insured market in all […]

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Star-Rating Preview Reports Posted

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings preview reports are now available in the CASPER folders. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in January 2016. The deadline to request to have the suppression of […]

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NAHC Hosts Meeting with the CMS ICD-10 Ombudsman

On Thursday, October 8, 2015 the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) hosted an initial meeting of key home health and hospice stakeholders with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ICD-10 ombudsman, Dr. William Rogers. The group agreed to work together over the next 18 to 24 months to provide support […]

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Supreme Court Denies Stay in Companionship Exemption Rule

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) reported last Tuesday that Chief Justice Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court denied NAHC’s Application for a Stay of the Court of Appeals ruling in the lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule affecting minimum wage and overtime compensation for home care aides and live-in […]

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New IRS Resource helps Employers Understand the Health Care Law

New IRS Resource helps Employers Understand the Health Care Law The new ACA Information Center for Applicable Large Employers page on IRS.gov features information and resources for employers of all sizes on how the health care law may affect them if they fit the definition of an applicable large employer. The web page includes the […]

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Harvard Pilgrim forms population health venture with New Hampshire systems

From Modern Healthcare By Michael Sandler  | October 5, 2015 Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System and Frisbie Memorial Hospital will jointly own a new company with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care that will share clinical information and financial risk for 80,000 New Hampshire residents. The joint venture, called Benevera Health, will bring together financial and clinical data to […]

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NPI Crosswalk Issue Notification

There is a possible FISS systems issue impacting hospices in timely filing of NOEs. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice has learned the problem is impacting both home health and hospice agencies. Below is a copied and pasted notice sent today by CGS regarding thIS NPI/Crosswalk issue. NGS has asked that providers experiencing […]

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UST Finance Webinar for Non-Profits

We are all looking very closely at our budgets, and when the average unemployment claim in the U.S. costs over $5,000, the impact on your bottom line can add up quickly. A partner of VNAA for over 13 years, the Unemployment Services Trust (UST) is a not-for-profit trust whose mission is solely to help nonprofits […]

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Roll call votes

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, and that of your colleagues and patients, New Hampshire’s legislature and Governor ended their months long stalemate and passed a state budget everyone can agree on. The approved budget package includes over $5 million for a 5% rate increase targeted for Choices for Independence home nursing, home health aide, personal […]

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FBI Offers Tips to Mitigate Cyber Vulnerabilities: Home Health Devices Listed as Possible Target

From NAHC- #://www.nahc.org/NAHCReport/nr150915_2/ September 16, 2015 02:08 PM The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) released a public service announcement (PSA) that focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), defined as “any object or device which connects to the Internet to automatically send and/or receive data,” and IoT vulnerabilities to cybercrime. “As more businesses and homeowners use […]

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Update on Face to Face

On November 6, 2014, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rule CMS-1611-F, Calendar Year (CY) 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Final Rule.  The HH PPS final rule (79 FR 66032) finalized a change that, beginning, January 1, 2015, requires home health agencies (HHA) to obtain documentation from the […]

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ICD-10 Change Days Away

The US is changing to ICD 10 next month. This video from the American Academy of custom papers Professional Coders explains what the ICD-10 is, and why change is necessary.

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Agencies Encouraged to Access the HHA PEPPER

September 22, 2015 02:33 PM PEPPER, which is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is a provider-specific Medicare data report that summarizes a provider’s Medicare claims data for services identified as vulnerable to improper payments. The new PEPPER for HHAs released in July summarizes statistics for these six target areas: Average […]

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Hospice ICD-10 Transition Notes: Important Reminder on Manifestation, Unspecified Codes

From the NAHC website: http://www.nahc.org/NAHCReport/nr150922_1/ September 22, 2015 02:36 PM With October 1 and the transition to ICD-10-CM coding right around the corner, we remind hospices that there remains a prohibition on use of certain diagnosis codes as the principal diagnosis on hospice claims, and we also remind hospices that failure to transition to ICD-10 […]

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NCOA Kicks off Flu &; You Campaign

Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious illness that can be severe and life-threatening, especially for older adults. One reason flu can be severe for older adults is that the immune system weakens with age, which makes it harder to fight disease. The flu can also make existing health problems worse and is especially dangerous for […]

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