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Plan Ahead for Medicare Advantage Open Season Impacts (News Article) - Nov 13th, 2006
Last January many VNAs faced administrative confusion and unpaid Medicare claims because new or existing patients enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan/Managed Care Plan. Many dually eligible patients did not realize they had been enrolled in the type of MA plan called a "Special Needs Plan"...
CMS Updates from Home Health Open Door Meeting (News Article) - Nov 13th, 2006
CMS held its first Home Health Open Door Meeting – below are a few items of importance:CMS will be holding a special “open door” teleconference on Wednesday, December 13, from 1-2:30 p.m. to discuss the details of the Medicare Home Health Pay for Performance Demonstration and to accept input from...
VNAA Seeks Wage Index Parity for Home Health Agencies (News Article) - Oct 30th, 2006
In response to Senator Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) recently issued press release about his support for extending the higher wage index levels for 120 hospitals, VNAA is urging Senator Grassley's staff on the Senate Finance Committee to not forget home health wage index reform as part of Senator...
Democrats Lay Out Health Agenda One Week Before Elections (News Article) - Oct 30th, 2006
In just over one week, Americans will go to the polls to elect the 110th Congress. Every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is up for election, as well as about one-third of Senate seats. At this time, pollsters in both parties and national experts who monitor election outcomes are...
CMS Policy Council White Paper on Post-Acute Care Reform (News Article) - Oct 30th, 2006
Among the flurry of projects that were pushed out of CMS prior to the departure of former CMS Administrator McClellan was this interesting piece entitled “Post-Acute Care Reform Plan.” The paper reflects a view of the future of Medicare home health as a part of the post-acute care spectrum that...
M0175 Recoveries Slated to Restart in January 2007 (News Article) - Oct 23rd, 2006
Members may recall that a few years ago CMS, under pressure from OIG, ordered its contractors to identify and recover money retroactively for all claims that were overpaid, due to erroneous or missing information regarding prior stay information, since the inception of PPS. To date, we have been...
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