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CMS Hosts Free Teleconference on New PPS Rule (News Article) - May 21st, 2007
CMS is holding a special “Open Door Forum” teleconference on Wednesday, May 23 at 2:00 pm EDT to go over the new Home Health PPS proposed rule. In a recent statement they said, “Due to the recent publication of the Home Health PPS Refinement and Rate Update for CY 2008 NPRM, we are rescheduling...
Chairman Stark Proposes Across the Board Provider Cuts at Hearing; MidMichigan VNA Provides... (News Article) - May 21st, 2007
Last Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing to gather statements and information from a variety of providers including home health agencies, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities on their experiences with the current Medicare payment system. With the advent of "pay...
VNAA to Issue Action Alert to Members Re: PPS Rule (News Article) - May 21st, 2007
Over 500 VNA leaders from around the country participated in last week’s free teleconference on the new PPS proposed rule. During the call, VNAA staff stressed the importance of each VNA completing an impact estimate on how the proposed redistribution of case-mix weights and 2.75% cut in 2008 would...
Rep. Stark Introduces Bill Limiting Mandatory Overtime for Nurses (News Article) - May 14th, 2007
Last week, Chairman of the House Ways and Means' Health Subcommittee, Pete Stark (D-CA), and Representatives Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced H.R. 2122, the "Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2007." If passed by Congress and signed into law, the legislation would...
CMS Announces NPI Contingency Plan (News Article) - Apr 9th, 2007
VNAs shouldn’t stop their efforts to collect National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) from referral sources, but there is good news for those who are still struggling to collect them from various sources. Last week, CMS released a clarification of the guideline for NPI implementation. While May 23,...
CMS Releases Final Competitive Bidding Rule on DME (News Article) - Apr 9th, 2007
On April 2, CMS released the final rule on bidding for Durable Medical Equipment (DME). Beginning in 2008, the competitive bidding program will be implemented in ten of the largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and will expand to an additional 70 MSAs in 2009, with further expansions in...
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