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NAHC Receives Clarification on CMS Policies for Home Health Agencies

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice ( NAHC) has received additional clarification on Medicare coverage policies for home health agencies.

Earlier this month NAHC reported on responses from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on several key outstanding question. In that report NAHC noted follow-up was needed on two of CMS’ responses.

The first question in the report addressed the inconsistency in the regulations and the statute for the face to face requirements for home health certifications. CMS recognizes that the statutory language in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides more flexibility than the regulations on who may conduct the face to face encounter, however, the regulations and manual instructions have not been updated to reflect these flexibilities. This lead NAHC to conduct an inquiry of the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) regarding which policies are being followed when reviewing for compliance with the F2F encounter.

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NOW AVAILABLE: Final Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00

The final HIS Manual V3.00 is now available in the Downloads section of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) webpage. The updated Admission and Discharge Instruments, along with a Change Table showing what was updated from the HIS Manual V2.01 to V3.00, are also available for download.

The HIS Manual V3.00 is effective as of February 16, 2021. For more information and to download the new documents, please visit the Hospice Item Set webpage.

 

HHAC Board Selects New President, Secretary

Posted: February 26, 2021

Bob Gossett, executive director of Safe Homecare in Denver, and Tarrah Lowry, CEO of Sangre De Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care in Pueblo, are the new president and secretary, respectively of the Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado. 

HHAC's board chose Gossett to fill the unexpired term of Nancy Stokes, and Lowry was chosen to fill Gossett's vacancy. Board members thanked Stokes for her service to the association and to home care and hospice in Colorado. Gossett and Lowry will serve in their positions through May 2022.

 

Gossett has worked nearly 20 years for home care agencies in and around Denver. He has been an HHAC board member since 2016. He received his BA in Business Administration and Marketing from Michigan State University in 1997.

 

Lowry has more than a decade of progressive health care leadership and has been the president and chief executive officer at Sangre de Cristo Community Care since 2016 after serving in a number of senior leadership roles, including operations, compliance and business development. She has been on HHAC's board since 2020, and she served on the board of the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies, HHAC's predecessor organization, before that. She has a BS in Business Administration and Health Care Management from Colorado Technical University. 

 

The Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado represents home-care agencies and hospice organizations throughout Colorado. It was formed in early 2020 from the merger of the Home Care Association of Colorado and the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies. It operates from offices in Aurora, Colorado.

 
 

Tools to Help Communicate About Vaccination Among Your Staff

HHAC has developed a toolkit to help our members address questions and concerns home care and hospice workers may have about the COVID-19 vaccination. 

The toolkit contains communications steps and templates including emails, resources for recognizing employees who have been vaccinated, internal meeting guides and more.

Members, click here to login and access the toolkit. 
 

Did You Miss the 2021 Home Health & Hospice Regulatory Updates Workshop?

It's not too late to purchase and register for the on-demand recording now!

Position your agency for Success in 2021 and beyond with this 1/2 day live digital workshop featuring key experts sharing Regulatory Updates for Medicare-certified home health and hospice agencies.  The Public Health Emergency is expected to last for all of 2021 - ensure you have the information and resources you need to remain compliant and efficient and in business!

Topics include:

  • Billing updates
  • Hospice survey and quality updates
  • Legislative Updates
  • RAPs
  • ADRs

CEs: Administrator Education - 2 Credit Hours of Financial Management & 2 Credit Hours of Home Care Overview

Presented by: 
Aaron Little - Managing Director, BKD, LLP
Katie Wehri - Director, Home Care & Hospice Regulatory Affairs at NAHC

Click here for more information & to register!

 
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