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Home Health and Hospice Medicare Bulletin

NAHC to Congress: Fully Fund Respite Care and Family Caregiver Support

May 6 is National Nurses Day

NAHC 2.0 Has a Plan to Build a Grass Roots Army for Home Health and Hospice

Redesigned Home Health and Hospice Calendar of Events Web Page

Reminder to Access Your PEPPER

Events   

Webinar: HIPAA Compliance for Email & Text Messaging – Communicating with Patients, Providers & Peers May 9

Compliance Extravaganza presented by Annette Lee June 4-5

NUHC Quarterly Meeting & Training

RCTCLEARN Webinar Announcement

NAHC PDGM Webinar Series

Key Issues in Proposed Payment Rule Webinar

Learn How Adjustable Compression Can Improve Venous Wound Management

2019 UAHC Convention and Annual Meeting May 7-8

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Industry News Articles


News

Home Health and Hospice Medicare Bulletin

Read the new CGS Medicare Bulletin for May here…

NAHC to Congress: Fully Fund Respite Care and Family Caregiver Support

Via NAHC Report: “The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations in urging Congress to adequately fund two critical priorities for those of us devoted to aging in place – the Lifespan Respite Care Program and the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

The letter, addressed to the leaders of the Labor/HHS/Education Subcommittee on Appropriations, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4), requests funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations bill for respite and family caregiver support that provide a safety net for family caregivers across the lifespan. While NAHC is fully aware of the fiscal constraints facing Congress and the nation, we note that the cost-benefits of investing in these proven prevention strategies completely comports with a desire to restrain spending.” Read the full article here…

May 6 is National Nurses Day

Shared via Scott Gallagher of Gard Communications: “Monday, May 6 is National Nurses Day and Ameritech College of Healthcare is thanking nurses for their essential role in making healthcare work. Swig n’ Sweets and Lyft are joining Ameritech’s celebration, offering free treats and discounted rides.
 
“Nurses inspire us,” said Sherry Jones, CEO of Ameritech College of Healthcare, which offers one of Utah’s largest nursing programs. “We know how hard nurses work, the compassion they show and the great care they provide. They make a tremendous difference in peoples’ lives every day. For Nurses Day, we wanted to thank Utah nurses in a big way, including the thousands of Ameritech alumni, our current nursing students, and our faculty.”
 
In 1982, the American Nurses Association and the U.S Congress declared May 6th to be National Nurses Day to recognize the contributions and positive impact made by nurses throughout the history of America.To celebrate, Ameritech partnered with Swig n’ Sweets and Lyft to offer registered nurses a free cookie at any Swig n’ Sweets location and $5 discount on one Lyft ride on Monday, May 6. Registered nurses just need to show their badge to get their free cookie or go to Ameritech.edu for the Lyft discount code. (Details and locations at Ameritech.edu)
 
“On a daily basis, nurses do so much for so many,” said Alonso Castaneda, VP of brand development and strategy for Swig n’ Sweets. “No matter where they work or what type of nursing they do, it all contributes to making a difference and we want to say thank you for everything with a nice Swig treat.”
 
“Nurses are always taking care of us and providing much needed support to the healthcare community,” said Jeremy Neigher, Lyft’s Utah market manager. “We want to celebrate and say thanks to our nurses for being there when we need them most.”Recognized as one of the most trusted professions, patients interact with nurses more than doctors or any other healthcare provider. Nursing is a rewarding but challenging profession that often requires 12-hour shifts working nights, weekends and holidays.There are currently more than 4 million nurses working in the U.S. with 23,000 nurses in Utah.Utah, and the entire U.S., is currently experiencing a shortage of nurses and other health professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that nursing jobs are expected to grow 15 percent through 2026, much faster than average job growth. The mean salary for nurses in Utah is $63,050.
 
Ameritech College of Healthcare
Ameritech College of Healthcare is known for quality. A degree from Ameritech is a sign of excellence for hospitals and healthcare facilities. Focused exclusively on healthcare since 1979, Ameritech’s dedicated faculty ensures their graduates are skillful, sought after and ready to succeed on day one. Ameritech prepares nurses, medical assistants and occupational therapy assistants.
 
Swig n’ Sweets
Swig got its start in 2010 in Saint George, Utah. Owner and Founder Nicole Tanner was brainstorming with her husband one night about possible business ideas. He suggested a drive-by drink shop, something they both agreed could be successful. They opened their first location across the street from Dixie State University in April of 2010. Swig has since expanded into multiple states and has quickly become thousands of people’s go-to place for drinks and sweets!
 
Lyft
Lyft was founded in 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and is available to 95 percent of the United States population as well as select cities in Canada. Lyft is committed to effecting positive change for our cities by offsetting carbon emissions from all rides, and by promoting transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships.”

NAHC 2.0 Has a Plan to Build a Grass Roots Army for Home Health and Hospice

Via NAHC Report: “Meet Emilie Bartolucci, NAHC’s new Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Community Engagement. A crucial part of the restructuring NAHC has gone through the last year has been a re-commitment to policy advocacy, but we know our community will never wield the necessary clout with elected officials and regulators until we have a substantial pool of advocates throughout the country who can help us mobilize the millions of people who love and depend on home care and hospice.” Read the full article here…

Redesigned Home Health and Hospice Calendar of Events Web Page

Via CGS: ” The CGS Home Health and Hospice Calendar of Events Web page was recently redesigned to provide an easy to view list of educational events.
 
This page provides a table with the Event Title, Event Date, and Time. Click on the plus sign (+) next to the event title to view more details, which include the intended audience, type of event, and the description. Simply click on the “Register Today” button to register for the event. Click on the minus sign (-) to collapse the details of the event.
 
Please share this with your appropriate staff.”

Reminder to Access Your PEPPER

The Q4FY18 release of the Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through September 2018 is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your Hospice’s PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President, Administrator, Compliance Officer, or Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Officer of your organization should:
      1. Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide.
      2. Review the instructions and obtain the information required to authenticate access. Note: A new validation code will be required. A patient control number (UB04 form locator 03a) or medical record number (UB04 form locator 03b) from a claim for a traditional Medicare FFS beneficiary with a claim “from” or “through” date between July 1 – Sept. 30, 2018, will be required.
      3. Visit the PEPPER Resources Portal.
      4. Complete all the fields.
      5. Download your PEPPER.
The Hospice PEPPER will be available to download for approximately two years.
About PEPPER
PEPPER is an educational tool that summarizes provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Providers can use the data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities. Visit the Hospice Training and Resources page at https://pepper.cbrpepper.org/ to access updated resources for using PEPPER, including recorded web-based training sessions, a sample Hospice PEPPER and the current Hospice PEPPER User’s Guide. PEPPER is developed under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by RELI Group, along with its partners TMF Health Quality Institute and CGS.
Do you have questions or comments about PEPPER or need help obtaining your report? Visit our Help Desk to request assistance with PEPPER. Provide your feedback or suggestions regarding PEPPER through our feedback form.
The PEPPER Team

Events

UHPCO Flyer

NUHC Quarterly Meeting & Training

The Northern Utah Healthcare Coalition is holding its Quarterly Meeting & Training on

May 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at
Weber Human Services 237 26th Street Ogden, UT

The coalition HVA, Response Plan, and 2019-2020 strategic plan and calendar will be presented for member approval.

The training will be on the regional process for sharing and requesting resources during an emergency/disaster.

Register by emailing your name, organization, and how many attendees there will be to Kchristensen@brhd.org.

RCTCLEARN Webinar Announcement

Via RCTCLEARN: ” Please join us for our webinar on Wednesday May 8th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST (12:00 p.m. EST, 10:00 a.m. MST, 9:00 a.m. PST). 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 Please note, the time listed is in Central Time with the corresponding time zones listed behind that. Before the event, participants will receive connection information via email.
 
Additional Webinar Dates/Times:
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST (12:00 p.m. EST, 10:00 a.m. MST, 9:00 a.m. PST)
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST (12:00 p.m. EST, 10:00 a.m. MST, 9:00 a.m. PST)”

NAHC PDGM Webinar Series

Via NAHC: “The Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is coming and only NAHC Education can provide you with the tools to successfully transition to the biggest change to the home health payment model in the 21st century. Don’t waste your time with superficial coverage of PDGM; our seven-part webinar series dives deeply into all the ways PDGM will impact your business. Learn more about our webinar series and additional on-demand PDGM resources” Find out more here…

Key Issues in Proposed Payment Rule Webinar

Via NAHC:

Key Issues in Hospice Policy:
The Proposed FY2020 Hospice Payment Rule and Testing of Hospice as Part of the Medicare Advantage Benefit Package

Thursday, May 9, 2019
9:00 AM to 10:30 PM MST

Program Description:

The Hospice world has been rocked over recent weeks by proposals with the potential to substantially alter delivery of hospice services to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. These include:

      • A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement in late January of its plans to “test” hospice as part of the Medicare Advantage (MA) benefit package starting in Calendar Year 2021 and
      • A FY2020 hospice payment rule that, among other things:
        • Proposes increased base payments for General Inpatient Care (GIP), Inpatient Respite (IRC) and Continuous Home Care (CHC) and a 2.71 percent reduction in Routine Home Care (RHC)
        • Proposes significant new requirements by expanding the hospice election statement and creation of an election statement addendum outlining items and services that are “unrelated” to the terminal illness and related conditions and
        • Requests ideas for inclusion of hospice in alternative payment models (including Medicare Advantage) and for better coordination of end-of-life care.

It is vital that all hospice stakeholders have a thorough understanding of these proposals and the full implications they may have for hospice patients, providers, and the hospice benefit. As part of this webinar, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) experts will provide an in-depth overview of these and related changes.

Register here…

Learn How Adjustable Compression Can Improve Venous Wound Management

Via VGM Insurance Services: “How to improve venous wound management with adjustable Velcro compression webinar session reviews the physiology of proper vein function and the etiological breakdown of vein disease. The focus of the topic is to consider the disease behind a leg ulcer and the vital role that compression plays in wound healing, wound prevention, and decreasing the frequency of recurrence. Participants will learn which compression types best stimulate venous return and how adjustable Velcro compression devices can improve consistency of compression on a limb.” Register here…

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Industry News Articles

Via Ellen Almond’s Home Health Media Clips 4-30-2019:

Congress To Focus On Medicare For All As Americans Still Split On ACA  Inside Health Policy

Pelosi Guides House Democrats Down Careful Medicare for All Path  Bloomberg Government

Instead of revamping it, Congress should address Medicare as is  The Hill

House spending leaders unveil text of Labor-HHS-Education bill  Politico

In Dynamic Industry, At-Home Care Providers See Scale as a Leg Up  Home Health Care News

Industry Insiders: Don’t Overlook CMS’s Dual-Eligibles Directive  Home Health Care News

Via Ellen Almond’s Home Health Media Clips 5-2-2019:

Bipartisan Bill Would Lower Health Care, Admin Costs By 50% In 10 Years  Inside Health Policy

CBO says a ‘Medicare for All’ system would ‘substantially’ increase government spending  Politico

How to Engage Patients and Improve Outcomes with Telehealth  Home Care Magazine

A Growing Number of Seniors Will Mean More Home Care Demand  Home Care Daily

Senators Remain Deadlocked On ACA Fix Despite Interest From Trump  Inside Health Policy

Single-Payer Health Care a ‘Major Undertaking,’ CBO Says Bloomberg

Via Ellen Almond’s Home Health Media Clips 5-3-2019:

CMS Deals Blow To Unions Representing Medicaid Home Health Workers  Inside Health Policy

CMS stops Medicaid from paying home health union dues  Modern Healthcare

Amazon: HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills ‘Just the First Step’ in Disrupting Health Care  Home Health Care News

More Mergers and Acquisitions Likely within the Home Care Industry Home Care Daily

Senate Finance To Hold Hearing Next Week On MACRA  Inside Health Policy