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PPS Payment for Post-Acute Care Recommended by MedPAC

Population Health Management Strategy

Medicare Home Health Conditions of Participation

New Conditions of Participation Demand Home Health Software Changes

Hospice Item Set V2.00 Data Submission Specifications

NAHC's Home Health Conditions of Participation Guide Now Available

Transforming Leaders in Home-Based Care Event

CMS Asking for Comments on Changes to Home Health Five Star Rating

Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Impact On Your Agency

First Year of Hospice Data Released

Pre-Claim Review Expands to Florida

MedPAC To Propose More Cutback for Home Health

CY2017 Home Health PPS Final Rule Summary

Pre-Claim Review Project Impact on Illinois Home Health Providers

Latest Hospice Item Set (HIS) Specifications

Home Healthcare EMR Buying Considerations

CMS Releases Prior Authorization Details for Home Health Services

Importance of In-Home Clinical Documentation for Home Health Providers

Overtime Rule Will Likely Impact Home Health and Hospice

Possible Affects of the FY2017 Proposed Hospice Rule on Your Agency

Proposed 2017 Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements

Proposed 2017 Hospice Wage Index, Payment Rule, and Quality Reporting Requirements Released by CMS

New Visiting Nurse Association of America Board Members

CMS Opens OASIS C2 Comment Period for Home Health Providers

Medicaid Face-to-Face Rule for Home Health Services

EMR Cloud Adaptability for Home Health Care Providers

Home Health Star Rating Preview Reports Available

OASIS C2 Draft Released for Home Health Providers

Reliable Home Health Patient Care Success

Preliminary MedPAC Recommendations on Home Health Payment

Bill to Reduce Medicare Appeals Backlog Introduced

THA Group and Delta Incubate Solutions for Value Based Purchasing

Post-Acute LINK Elite Supplier Award

Be more effective in finding and keeping home care caregivers

Set yourself apart from other home care providers

Be Different in Home Care by Creating Exceptional Customer Experiences

Improving Home Health Compare Scores

Dare to be Different in Homecare

One Month Until ICD-10 - Are you Ready?

2015 Home Health Grouper Impacted by Recent ICD-10 Guidance

Update on Final FY2016 Hospice Rule

Home Health PEPPER Available

2016 Home Health PPS Proposed Rule Released

Home Health and Hospice Open Door Forum Set for July 8

ICD-9/ICD-10 Dual Coding for Home Health and Hospice

Palmetto GBA Awarded MAC Jurisdiction M by CMS

New Hospice PEPPER Available

Position Your Home Health Agency for Ongoing Success

Thank You Home Health and Hospice Nurses

2015 Home Health Final Rule Change Request Issued by CMS

National Healthcare Decisions Day 2015

CMS' Home Health Five Star Rating System

Home Health ICD-10 Readiness [Infographic]

Home Health OASIS-C1/ICD-10 Data Item Set Approval Requested

Latest MedPac Report provides new data on Home Health and Hospice

Home Health Quality Increasing according to AHHQI Data

Home Care Overtime Compensation Lawsuit Update

Second CMS Call for Feedback on Home Health Eligibility Templates

Updates to the Hospice CAHPS Survey

The Home Health Advantage

Reduce Home Care Costs and Improve Quality of Patient Care

Grow Your Home Care Business

Expanding Home Care Service Lines

NAHC Summarizes What Home Care Providers Need to Know After Lawsuit Win

A Guide to the Growing Long Term Post-Acute Care Market

How One Home Care Provider is Preparing for 2015

Zero Update for Hospice Recommended by MedPAC for FY2016

Home Care Community Wins Victory Negating OT Rule in Federal Court

Letters Proposing Phased-in Approach for Home Health Care Face-to-Face

A Guide to Identifying a Short List of Home Care Software Vendors

Survey Mode Experiment for Hospice CAHPS Survey Responses

Five Questions to Ask When Selecting Home Care Software

Legislation Introduced that would Affect Home Health Providers

Finding the Perfect Caregiver & Client Match

National Provider Call on the New Home Health F2F Encounter Requirements

Introducing AppointMate Companion - GPS Telephony & Task Entry

Get a Compassionate and Competitive Edge

Private Duty Care Plan Compliance

What Does the Final HH PPS Rule Mean to You?

How to Reduce Non-Billable Hours With Your Private Duty Software

CMS Issues Final Rule for HH PPS

A Winning Strategy for Population Health Management

Approved Hospice CAHPS Vendors Released

2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Honored at NAHC Annual Meeting

Free Webinar on Leveraging the New IOM Report

Providers Asked to Participate in NAHC ACA Employer Mandate Survey

DoL Delays Enforcement of Removal of Companionship Exemption

Home Health Recognized for Low Costs and Value

National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study – What should home care and hospice providers do for the future?

Home Health Conditions of Participation Proposed Rule to be Released

National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study – What is the rest of the home care and hospice industry doing?

Reminder of the Completion and Submission Timeframes for Hospice Item Set Records

National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study – What should you do about the home care and hospice industry changes?

Caring.com Releases 2014 Senior Care Cost Index Report

National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study – What do the industry changes mean for home care and hospice?

Focusing Your Marketing Strategy

Rationale and Strategies for the Future from the National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study

Update on Hospice Quality Reporting Program

Home Care Needs Unmet for Canadians

NAHC Reports Companionship Exemption Lawsuit Progress

Free Hospice Teleconference

Virtual Private Duty Marketing Master Class

World Growing Grayer at a Break-Neck Pace

IN FOCUS: The FY2015 Hospice Payment Rule - Gear Up for Policy Changes

Home Infusion Demo Maps A Way Forward For Future Medicare Changes

Agency Lessons After California Supreme Court Decision

CMS Reissues Instructions for Denials on Related Claims

Medicaid is Primary Payer for Long-Term Services & Supports

Be Cautious when Comparing Hospice CAHPS to FEHC

Around the World: Home Care News

CMS issues final rules for inpatient, hospice payments

Around the World: Home Care News

Proposed Medicare Home Health Services Rates Would Reshape Payments Significantly

Around the World: Home Care News

Hospice Item Set (HIS) Record Submission Begins

CMS Announces OASIS-C1 and ICD 9 Webinar

CMS Eases Scope of PA for Part D Beneficiaries on Hospice: Limits PA to 4 Drug Categories Identified by OIG as a Concern

Entrepeneur Profiles Home Care Franchisee Owner

NAHC and HHNA Announce Finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award

CMS Hosts Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum

Hospice Data Tells the Real Story in Rebuttal to Recent Horror Stories

New Jersey Bill Would Tighten Oversight of Companion Services

Nursing Home Care Too Expensive

CMS Releases Proposed 2015 PPS Rule

Forthcoming July First Hospice and Home Health Deadlines Fast Approaching

CMS Resources Available for the New Hospice Item Set Requirements

CMS Will Not Require Medicare Advantage Plans to Apply the Medicare Face-to-Face Requirement for Home Health Services

Medicare rules create a booming business in hospice care for people who aren’t dying

Visiting Nurse Service of New York CIO Talks About Selecting Delta Health Technologies

An Update on Medicare Part D/ Hospice Recovery Request

BrightStar Care Named Best Franchise in America by Forbes Magazine

CMS Posts New FAQs on Medicare Care Choices Model for Hospice-Eligible Patients

Home Care: Best Franchises to Own

CMS Open Door Forum Examines Home Health, Hospice Issues

NAHC President Honors the Life and Caring Legacy of Maya Angelou

Leading Home Care Shares Preview of Private Duty Benchmarking Results

Part D Regulations for Home Health CMS CY2015 Available

Hospices Receive Notices from Collection Agencies for Analgesics

Registration for Hospice User IDs Now Available

Infographic Compares Healthcare Costs for Long-Term Planning

CMS moves forward with OASIS-C1

Congressman Beto O’Rourke participates in home care visit in El Paso, Texas

California Governor's Budget Proposal Limits Caregiver Hours

Study Finds Nursing Home Costs Higher, Rising Faster than Homecare

How to Turn Your Clients Into Your Best Referrals

NAHC and HHNA Celebrate Nurses During National Nurses Week

National Home Care and Hospice Study Findings Just Released

Working with a Required Franchise Website

Proposed hospice rule includes a $230 million increase in payments

CMS confirms new ICD-10 start date of Oct. 1, 2015

Final Hospice Item Set Version and Data Specifications Now Available

The Struggles of Volunteer In-Home Caregivers

Certifying Physicians Edits for Home Health Agencies

Keep Up Advocacy Efforts for Home Health and Hospice During Congress’ April Recess

CMS Holds Special Open Door Forum on Hospice and Medicare Part D

Effort Led by NAHC’s Hospice Association of America and 40 State Associations Yields Positive Change in CMS Hospice Vaccine Billing Requirements

Defining Full Time Employment as Forty Hours

ICD-10 Delayed to October 1, 2015

Home Care Aides Demanding Better Pay

House passes 1-year SGR fix that would delay ICD-10

March on Washington Gets Underway with Opening Legislative Update

Ensuring High Quality Home Care

Home Care Providers Set to March on the Hill

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Medicaid Council Advocates for Employer Mandate Fix

Participate in the "2014 Private Duty Benchmarking Study"

Medicare Home Care Education Sessions Announced for this Year’s March on Washington

CMS Open Door Forum Highlights Pending Home Health, Hospice Issues

Caring for Home Care Workers

MS Awareness Week to Spotlight Home Care

NAHC Seeks Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice

Visiting Angels Partners to Provide Financial Management and Education

Aging Population Expands Home Care Need Worldwide

Providers get brief respite from RAC ADRs with pause in operations

CMS to Further Delay Termination of Access to CWF Queries

CMS Accepting More Proposals for its Bundling Initiative

Spend Valentine’s Day with An Elderly Loved One

AMA: Cost of ICD-10 will be prohibitive for most providers

Private Duty Home Care Can Help Katie Couric and Her Mother

CMS Enforces Hospice Respite Level of Care Requirements

Employer Mandate Delayed until 2015

CMS Reissues CR 8358 – Additional Data Reporting Requirements for Hospice Claims

February is American Heart Month

2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Home Health Software & Services

New Global Direction for CCHIT

Massachusetts Governor Calls for Increase in Home Care Services in 2015 Budget

ICD-10 News: Training Webinar Video

2014 Awards for Private Duty Home Care Announced

MedPAC Approves 2015 Recommendations on Home Health Services

CMS Clarifies Documentation Requirements for the Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter

Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day

CMS Announces a Hold on LUPA Payments

Join the American Health Lawyers Association and NAHC at the Upcoming Long Term Care and the Law Conference

National Council on Medicaid Home Care Reports on Personal Care Services Utilization Trends

Top Digital Medicine Trends to Watch at CES

CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Emergency Preparedness for Home Care and Hospice Providers

2014 Home Care Industry Outlook

CR 8504 Medicare Benefit Policy Manual — RHC and FQHC Update — Chapter 13

NAHC Year in Review: Legal and Some Regulatory Issues

123 New Accountable Care Organizations Join Program to Improve Care for Medicare beneficiaries

New Codes for Home Health Consolidated Billing

CMS Holds Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum

Home Health Payment Rebasing NAHC Webinar is Today

KLAS Home Care Report

Honoring Nelson Mandela who Taught the Value of Freedom From the First Day of Life Until the Last

Caregiving goes digital - and lets Boomers age in place

Changes to OASIS Draft Made Available

NAHC Testifies on Workforce Protections Regarding the Companionship Exemption

Thanksgiving Thoughts

NAHC March on the Capitol to ensure no further home health cuts are made

Patient Access to Home Health Undermined by CMS Cuts

Medicare Finalizes Home Health Payments for 2014

PA Announces New Home Health Agency Grant

MedPAC Ponders Hospice Coverage under Medicare Advantage

Join DecisionHealth and the Private Duty Homecare Association for the Private Duty National Conference & Exposition

2013 World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month

Hospice Webinar Additional Data Reporting on Claims

Senate Letter Urges Cosponsor of Bill for Home Health Plans of Care

CMS Announced PECOS Activation for January 6, 2014

NAHC Cites Program Integrity Contractor Issues in Recent Letter to CMS

Participate in the Face-to-Face Encounter Documentation Denials Survey

ICD-10 Action Planning for Home Health Agencies Conference

Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Honored

NAHC Conference highlights industry with annual awards

CMS Delays Releasing Final Payment Rules, including the CY 2014 Home Health PPS Rule

Check out the Homecare Business Assessment Tool at NAHC Annual Meeting and Exhibition

Government Shutdown Affects CMS Final Rule

Deadline Approaching for OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standards Training

Providing Vaccines to Hospice Beneficiaries

Resources for Effective Lobbying and Capitol Hill Visits by Home Care & Hospice Advocates

Latest Issue of CARING Focuses on Health IT for Home Care & Hospice

Companionship Services Exemption in Home Care

An Update on the Government Shutdown for Home Care & Hospice

Proper EHR installation key, KLAS report says

NAHC President Submits Progress Report to the Board

“2 Midnights” Rule: What it Means for Home Health Agencies?

National ICD-10 Fall Survey: Home Health Industry Readiness

Government Shutdown Affects Homecare Agencies Seeking CHAP Accreditation

Home Health Claims to Identify Certifying Physician who Signs the POC

HITECH compliance delayed and HHS updates privacy practices

Older adults requiring long-term care to increase 177% by 2050: Study

Private Duty Sessions During NAHCs Annual Meeting

Wage and overtime protections extend to home care workers in 2015

The Importance of Attending NAHC’s Annual Meeting this Year

Caregivers Need to Purchase Health Insurance in 2014 or Pay Penalty

NAHC/HAA Survey Seeks Hospice Input on Prescription Drug Reporting

9/11 Anniversary to Be Marked With Somber Tributes

NAHC’s Annual Meeting Education Tracks in Focus: Hospice

DecisionHealth increases its footprint with major acquisition

OIG Criticizes CMS’ Oversight of Recovery Audit Contractors

Joint Commission flunks 25% of home care orgs on hand-washing

HHS Releases Report on LTPAC Providers Ineligible for EHR Incentives

CMS Answers Stakeholders on Dual Eligibles for Medicaid

Medicare Proposed Rule Could Result in Nearly $100 Billion in Total Cuts to Home Health Benefit

Sitting on the Sofa with the Family

NAHC President Named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers, AARP report says

AARP Releases MLTSS Report for Care Coordination

NAHC Needs Your Help in its F2F Documentation Denials Survey

Unique Needs of Veterans at End-of-Life

HHS Initiative to Accelerate Interoperability and HIE to Include HHAs

Healthcare’s interoperability problem isn’t about technology

Should ACOs be regulated more like insurance companies?

NAHC Participates in CMS’ Most Recent Open Door Forum

Rate Rebasing in Medicare Home Health Services

CMS raises hospice payments 1%

Home Health Provider Audits Focus on Face to Face Encounters

Cast Your Vote for Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year

CMS Adds Data Reporting Requirements for Hospice Claims

Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of HHAs in Geographic Areas

CMS Message: No ICD-10 Implementation Delay, No Enforcement Delays

HAA Provides Perspectives on Hospice Payment “Status Report”

CMS Releases Updated Data On EHR Adoption

New 1500 Claim Form Approved

Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations succeed in improving care, lowering costs

Home Health Compare Results Show Areas of Improvement

ICD-10 Enhanced End-to-End Testing Checklists Available

ANA group lauds safe patient-handling legislation

CMS Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum Update

Positive future for health information exchange on the way?

CMS Hosts Homecare, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum

CMS simplifies notification process

Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner

Implementation of HIPPS Codes on Medicare Advantage Claims

CMS Proposes Payment Changes for Home Healthcare 2014

HIPPS Code Required on all MA Claims July 1st

NAHC Submits Testimony to Ways and Means Health Committee

Private Duty Marketing Strategies at the NCF

National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day

ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Home Health

Notice of Intent to Become an ACO Deadline is Today

Homecare Business Model Transformation Needs to Become a Reality

ICD-10 Updated End-to-End Testing Checklists

Home Health Agencies to Stop using Type of Bill 033x

Doctors, hospitals and home care use of health IT more than doubles

NAHC Issues Statement on Work of Medicare Fraud Strike Task Force

Survey: Home Care agencies are FAR behind on ICD-10 prep

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on National Women’s Health Week

Continuing Education for Homecare Providers is More than Just a CEUs

KLAS Report is a Good Resource for Home Care Providers