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News

  • Email your legislators about Utah Association for Area Authorities on Aging
  • Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available
  • House Passes Medicaid Extender Act of 2019

News

Email your legislators about Utah Association for Area Authorities on Aging

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

House Passes Medicaid Extender Act of 2019

Score Another “Win” for Providers!

NHPCO NewsBriefs

HAN Hospice Monthly News Update

MLN Connects from 1-10-2019

Events

  • Hospice CoP Webinar
  • Provider Education Summit 2019 Registration is Open
  • RCTCLEARN Webinar Announcement
  • Podcast: 2019 Regulatory Resolutions
  • Call for Abstracts: 14th Annual Health Services Research Conference is being held on April 4th, 2019 at the Kem Gardner Transformation Center

Interest items

  • Top 10 Palliative in Practice articles from 2018
  • Industry News Articles

News

Contact Your Legislators about the Utah Association for Area Authorities on Aging

State of Utah Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Listing of Programs and Services

Older Adults Appropriations Ask

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Via CMS: “Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from Quarter 2, 2017 to Quarter 1, 2018 and their facility-level CAHPS® survey results from Quarter 2, 2016 to Quarter 1, 2018. 

Providers have 30-days to review their HIS and CAHPS® results (December 10, 2018 through January 9, 2019).  

Should a provider believe the denominator or other HIS quality metric to be inaccurate or if there are errors within the results from the CAHPS® Survey data, a provider may request CMS review. Providers must adhere to the process outlined on the Public Reporting: HIS Preview Reports and Requests for CMS Review of HIS Data webpage and the Public Reporting: CAHPS® Preview Reports and Requests for CMS Review of CAHPS® Data webpage.

For more information on how to access these reports, view the HIS Preview Report Access Instructions and the Hospice CAHPS® Provider Preview Reports Access Instructions.”

House Passes Medicaid Extender Act of 2019

From Liberty Partners and the Medicaid Partnership, through UHPCO and UAHC affiliation with the National Council of State Executive Directors:

Stacey Smith of Liberty Partners reports: “On Tuesday, January 8th, the House of Representatives will consider under suspension the Medicaid Extender Act of 2019 [Link substituted for attachment].  The bill extends the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program and Spousal Impoverishment protections through March 31, 2019.  The bill has overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and is expected to pass with the necessary two-thirds vote required for use of the suspension procedure.  After the House vote, the bill will move to the Senate for consideration. 

As you [may] recall, at the end of last year both provisions passed the House (H.R. 7217) and the Senate (CR that was not considered by the House) but were never part of a package that passed both chambers.

[Liberty Partners] will keep you posted as the bill moves through the House and Senate over the next week.”

Score Another “Win” for Providers!

From Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq: “The following article is about another decision in which the Court granted a preliminary injunction to prevent recoupments of overpayments until after ALJ hearings are held.” Read Hogue’s full piece here… 

NHPCO NewsBriefs

Cap Calculation, PAs in Hospice, Pediatric Standards and more. Read NHPCO’s latest NewsBriefs here…

HAN Hospice Monthly News Update

Read the January Hospice Action Network news update here…

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Via CMS: “Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from Quarter 2, 2017 to Quarter 1, 2018 and their facility-level CAHPS® survey results from Quarter 2, 2016 to Quarter 1, 2018. 

Providers have 30-days to review their HIS and CAHPS® results (December 10, 2018 through January 9, 2019).  

Should a provider believe the denominator or other HIS quality metric to be inaccurate or if there are errors within the results from the CAHPS® Survey data, a provider may request CMS review. Providers must adhere to the process outlined on the Public Reporting: HIS Preview Reports and Requests for CMS Review of HIS Data webpage and the Public Reporting: CAHPS® Preview Reports and Requests for CMS Review of CAHPS® Data webpage.

For more information on how to access these reports, view the HIS Preview Report Access Instructions and the Hospice CAHPS® Provider Preview Reports Access Instructions.”

Appropriations ask from Utah Association for Area Authorities on Aging

State of Utah Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Listing of Programs and Services

Older Adults Appropriations Ask

MLN Connects from 1-9-2018

Read the recent MLN Connects from CMS here…

Events

Hospice CoP Webinar

Via CHAP Education: “Learn what CHAP Site Visitors are encountering out in the field and how CMS interpreting and confirming the findings. Data and lessons learned from 2018 of the current hospice CoPs.” Find out more and register here…

Provider Education Summit 2019 Registration is Open

This free event is a collaboration between multiple healthcare organizations and features a wide range of engaging subjects, including the ever-popular payer panel! There will be events in Salt Lake City, Layton, Provo in March as well as an event in St. George in April. Find out more here…

RCTCLEARN Webinar Announcement

Via RCTLEARN.NET: “Please join us for our webinar on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. MST.

RCTCLEARN.NET will again be hosting webinars for agencies or training coordinators new to RCTCLEARN.NET and/or new to the My CEU tool for tracking course completions. The webinars provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the new features on the system as well as discuss ideas on how to introduce or re-introduce the programs. While designed for new users, they may also be beneficial for existing agencies and training coordinators as well. Webinars typically last around 15 minutes or a little longer depending on user questions.

Participants can sign-up at http://www.rctclearn.net/webinar. Before the event, participants will receive connection information via email.

Additional Webinar Dates/Times:
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. MST
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at10:00 a.m. MST
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. MST”

Podcast: 2019 Regulatory Resolutions

Via NHPCO: “Episode 55: To kick off the New Year, Jon R. sits down with Judi to discuss what providers can start thinking about at the beginning of the year to ease their compliance journey through 2019 and beyond. If you have a “regulatory resolution” for 2019, Judi offers some practical tips.

New in 2019, we’re adding leadership discussions to the podcast. The first episode of the month will focus on regulatory, quality and compliance while the second will bring new guests and perspectives to talk about overarching issues and insights for the field. We hope you’ll enjoy our expanded range of discussions in the year ahead!” Listen here… 

Call for Abstracts: 14th Annual Health Services Research Conference is being held on April 4th, 2019 at the Kem Gardner Transformation Center

Via Sarah Woolsey, MD, MPH, FAFP, HealthInsight Utah Medical Director: “As you know, we are committed to forwarding excellence in research on health care delivery and patient engagement and have been partnering with the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare to support the annual Utah Health Services Research conference!

Please save the date to attend the conference being hosted at the Intermountain Kem Gardner Transformation Center on April 4th, 2019. Share to interested colleagues and researchers.

And! Consider submitting an abstract to highlight your work. This year’s theme is, “Developing partnerships to achieve health and wellbeing for everyone”. Please consider the abstract format attached when submitting, and all abstracts are due by February 26th to eileen.stringer@imail.org.”

Interest Items

Top 10 Palliative in Practice articles from 2018

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Industry News Articles

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