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The 2015 New England Home Health Leadership Summit - Register Now to Receive the Early-Bird Discount!


December 19 is the last day to take advantage of the early-bird discount being offered for the Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit on January 20 to 22 in Boston. The Summit, now in its thirteenth year, is traditionally attended by more than 200 home health agency leaders from through New England, New Jersey and New York. This year’s conference theme, “Turn on Your Leadership Light,” aims to support executives as they continue to adapt to evolving changes in our industry. The Summit not only offers dynamic speakers who provide thought-provoking ideas for sustaining your business, the conference also gives you tips, tools and strategies to enhance your role as a leader.

For more information, please visit www.nehomehealthsummit.com where you will find the Summit brochure outlining the lineup of speakers and registration options.


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An Update on NAHC's Face-to-Face Lawsuit

Source: NAHC

Federal District Court Judge Christopher Cooper held a status conference on November 19, 2014 in NAHC’s lawsuit challenging the validity of the physician narrative requirement in Medicare’s face-to-face (F2F) physician encounter rule.In the status conference, Judge Cooper raised the question as to whether the lawsuit was “moot” given the rule change (a lawsuit is moot when there is no longer any live controversy).
 
NAHC counsel, Bill Dombi, explained that while CMS has rescinded the rule at issue, the controversy that led to the filing of the lawsuit remains, unfortunately, very much alive. With CMS’s decision to have its rule change apply prospectively only, the tens of thousands of previous claim denials have caused great harm. Dombi expressed to the court that there is a need for quick action on the motions pending before the court.
 
Currently, Medicare is asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit because of the alleged failure to exhaust all administrative remedies. NAHC has countered, arguing that Medicare has taken a final position on the issue as confirmed in the status conference. To amplify the need for court action, Dombi referenced the ongoing F2F audits in New England states where millions of dollars in claims has been retroactively denied in recent months.

Additional Resources Now Available Online for Hospice CAHPS

Source: NAHC

As hospices gear up to ensure readiness for compliance with forthcoming Hospice CAHPS requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing routine updates to materials related to CAHPS on its CAHPS Hospice Survey site.

For more information, see NAHC's article here...