CAHPS Hospice Preview Reports Delayed

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the latest Provider Preview Reports. However, the Hospice CAHPS Provider Preview Reports for the May 2024 refresh (Hospice CAHPS Survey data from Q3 2021 – Q2 2023) are delayed by 2 weeks and will be available on 2/28/2024. The 30-day preview period for CAHPS data […]

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NAHC Comments on Dept of Labor’s RFI to Modernize Schedule A of Permanent Labor Certification Process

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On December 21, 2023, the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to consider revisions to the permanent labor certification process, specifically Schedule A of the process which outlines occupations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and other non-STEM occupations, including nursing and physical therapy, […]

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Black History Month: A Conversation with Home Health and Hospice Pioneer Clara Taylor Reed

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This conversation took place in 2021. During Black History Month, we wanted to share with readers a conversation we had with Clara Reed, PhD, BA, RN, the founder and President of Mid-Delta Home Health & Hospice in Mississippi and Lousiana. Mrs. Reed began her nursing career after graduating in 1964 from Mississippi Valley State’s Licensed Practical Nurses Program. […]

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NAHC Meets with OMB to Discuss Medicaid Access Rule

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On Monday, February 26th, NAHC President Bill Dombi, Senior Director of Government Affairs Calvin McDaniel, and Director of Medicaid Advocacy Damon Terzaghi were joined by NAHC Board Members David Totaro and Jennifer Sheets in a meeting with the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. In the meeting, which was also attended by […]

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Summary of CMS Open Door Forum: Hospice

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Hospice Provider Enrollment Changes The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials reviewed hospice provider enrollment requirements that revised the definition of managing employee to include hospice administrator and hospice Medical Director.  The announcement generated several questions from hospice providers. CMS officials clarified that an individual that manages the day-to-day operations of the facility […]

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Hospice Reminder:  The Deadline for Self-reporting of Your Aggregate Cap  is February 29

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Hospice providers are required to self-calculate and submit their Aggregate Cap Report for the 2023 Cap year no later than February 29, 2024. Failure to file the self-determined cap report with your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) timely may result in payment suspension. If you have a Cap-related liability, you are required to submit payment at the time you submit your […]

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Summary of CMS Open Door Forum: Home Health

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Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) The agenda and slides for the self-paced 2024 Introduction to the HHCAHPS Survey training and the HHCAHPS Survey Vendor Update training are now posted under the “Training” tab of the HHCAHPS website. CMS reminded participants that it is the HHA’s responsibility to ensure that […]

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Last chance to get the 2024 Benchmarking Report for free

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It’s not too late! Participate in the most comprehensive report in the industry by February 29, 2024, to still receive a free digital copy of the 2024 HCP Benchmarking Report. Last chance to become the data other organizations compare themselves to and guide this year’s business decisions with your insights. NAHC has partnered with HCP […]

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Care Compare Quarterly Refresh for February 2024

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The February 2024 quarterly refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare. For additional information, please see the FY2024 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule at https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center. Please visit the Hospice Background and Announcements webpage to review the Claims-Based Measures Questions and Answers downloadable (PDF) for more information on the Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update

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Providers can now access the latest Provider Preview Reports via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) application. Once released in CASPER, providers will have 30 days during which to review their quality measure results. Although the actual “preview period” is 30 days, the reports will continue to be available for another 30 days, or […]

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Home Care and Hospice News Review

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Read on for NAHC Report’s regular round-up of important home care, home health, and hospice stories from around the country. If there is a story you would like to share with your fellow home care and hospice professionals, please send it tom@nahc.org. The Path For Occupational Therapy To Lose Its ‘Second-Tier’ Status In Home Health Care […]

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Call for Speakers to the 2024 Financial Management Conference

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) are announcing a call for speakers to the 2024 Financial Management Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 21-23 2024. The  deadline to submit your application to present at FMC 2024 is March 15, 2024. The NAHC/HHFMA Workgroup has composed […]

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