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Corridor and CAHSAH Team Up for MCPs in March

Corridor partners with CAHSAH to deliver Manager Certificate Programs for your organization! Hospice and Home Health MCPs are an interactive and educational program, providing fundamental management skills for home care managers. Corridor has developed comprehensive three-day training programs to position your organization for success.

The MCPs will take place March 29-31 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

This program will allow the participant to:

  • Learn the basics of budgeting, marketing, financial management, the PPS system, compliance, regulatory and human resources
  • Improve leadership and organizational management skills
  • Understand regulatory processes for all home care agencies
  • Learn the secret mechanisms to market your agency

Be sure to check out Corridor’s Manager Quick Reference Guides for basic, up-to-date regulatory information regarding Home Health and Hospice organizations to Home Health and Hospice managers and supervisors.

NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference

NAHC will be hosting the 2016 March on Washington Conference at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, April 4th-5th in Washington, DC. With new rules arising, home care and hospice face challenges that interfere with our mission to serve America’s aged, disabled, and ill. Now is a critical time for health care in our country. Take advantage of this opportunity to allow for the following benefits:

  • Raise awareness for home care and hospice
  • Connect with colleagues
  • Attend educational sessions led by experts in our field
  • Deliver a message to those who make the policies that shape our business

Register and Book Your Hotel!

View the Conference Program!

CMS Announces a Demonstration on the Medicare Prior Authorization Proposed for Home Health Services

CMS announced a demonstration program on Medicare home health prior authorization for Florida, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, and Massachusetts. The states are under the HHS/DOJ fraud program called H.E.A.T., except for Massachusetts. NAHC plans to reject the program because they believe the antifraud enforcement efforts are already targeted. The prior authorization program is expected to increase administrative costs with little or no return.

The proposal is up for public discussion until April 5, 2016. Everyone is encouraged to put forth their comments, including those outside the targeted states.

For the full article, click here.

New Bill Could Expand Home Health Telemedicine

A bipartisan bill is making movement in Congress with a savings of $1.8 billion over the next decade, providing expansion for telemedicine services and RPM through Medicare. The goal is to cut down the 7.88 billion miles home care workers traveled in 2013 for patient visits. Additionally, CONNECT will expand the use of telecommunications technologies to improve the quality of care and cost savings. Telehealth will provide the following benefits:

  • It saves money and improves health outcomes
  • The ability to transform health care delivery
  • Convenience for patients and providers
  • Better access to primary care and behavioral health
  • Improving chronic management
  • Advancing patient engagement

Roughly 50 health care and aging industry groups and associations have endorsed the bill, including NAHC.

For the full article, click here.

CMS Reinforces Prohibition on “Homebound” in Medicaid

CMS announced a final rule regarding the homebound prohibition for Medicaid home health services, and clarifying the settings where homebound services may be provided. The ruling revises Medicaid home health regulation with the following information:

  • A Medicaid beneficiary does not need to be “homebound” in order to receive home health services
  • Home health services may be provided in any setting where normal life activities take place, and are not limited to a hospital, nursing facility or other institution

Aging and disability advocates supported the final regulation’s codification of agency policy, which comes after over a decade of advocacy for more community-based options for long-term services and supports.

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