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HCAC Representatives Met With Nine Colorado Congressional Offices March 21-22

Members, click here to read the 17 page HCAC/NAHC 2017 March on Washington Lobby Day Tool Kit.

Topics that were discussed with nine Colorado congressional offices:

  • Face-to-Face Physician Encounter/Physician Certification
  • Non-physician Practitioner Certification Authority
  • Pre-claim Review (PCR) demonstration program
  • Medicare Home Health Rural Add-On
  • Postpone the Implementation of the Home Health Conditions of Participation
  • Maintain Stability in the Medicare Hospice Benefit
  • Restoration of the Fair Labor Standards Act Home Care Overtime Exemptions
  • Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
  • Preserve Access to Medicare Rural Home Health Services Act (S. 353)
  • Medicare Home health Face-to-Face Physician Encounter/Certification Reform
  • Medicare Home Health Conditions of Participation
  • Stop Medicare Home Health Pre-Claim Review
  • Restoration of the Fair Labor Standards Act Home Care Overtime Exemptions
  • Maintain Stability in the Medicare Hospice Benefit
  • Topics to be Ready to Present if Raised by the Congressional Office


HCAC Leaders With Congressman Mike Coffman 

From left: Lisa Foster, Ellen Caruso, Congressman Coffman, Linda Bagby, Eric Goff, Donna Floyd, Robert Floyd

 

 

 

 

 
 

Join Today Or Renew Your HCAC 2017 Membership - Member Benefits Expire on March 31

Posted: March 24, 2017

Membership to the Home Care Association of Colorado has become increasingly important for learning about the most recent and upcoming changes happening in the home care industry, on both the state and national circuit. HCAC will help you stay in-tune with with these changes and provide guidance to help your agency remain fiscally viable.

By joining HCAC, you’ll ensure that your agency is positioned to have access to advocacy on key issues affecting home care. Additionally, HCAC will provide opportunities to participate in educational offerings and to have access to a repository of Best Practice resources for members that will allow you to better serve your clients and your organization, adding to and ensuring your agency’s success.

Click here for more information.

 

2017 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference May 17-19; Early Bird Rates Valid Until Friday, March 31

Posted: March 24, 2017

Hurry and register before fees increase on April 1. The 2017 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference will once again be in beautiful Keystone Resort in Dillon, Colorado, from May 17-19.

VISIT THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE

Pre-conference sessions begin on Wednesday, May 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (separate registration required):

SEE FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Featured speakers from throughout the United States include:

• Peter Benjamin, Partner with Florida-based Huntington Consultant Group, who consults with home care and hospice providers large and small, hospice associations and foundations, other post-acute providers, hospitals and hospitals systems, physician practices, pharmaceutical companies, payors, and medical equipment companies. 

• Kathleen Hessler, Director of Compliance and Risk with Simione Healthcare Consultants. She speaks frequently to nurses, lawyers and other health care professionals on a myriad of legal and ethical topics affecting health care providers. 

• Bill DombiVice President for Law at National Association for Home Care & Hospice, has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the institution on Medicare PPS for home health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010. 

• Lisa Selman-Holman JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, HCS-O, AHIMA ICD-10-CM Ambassador, has done it all in home health care, from being an entry-level nurse to home care executive, and now, national educator and consultant. 

• Vicki Hitzges, a nationally known keynote speaker who interviewed U.S. Presidents, business titans, professional athletes and movie stars before becoming publicist for Zig Ziglar, the world’s top motivational speaker.

• Merrily Orsini, President/CEO of corecubed, a marketing firm dedicated exclusively to helping aging care providers grow their businesses. She is an entertaining and educational speaker who is often called upon for a strategic overview of our nation’s healthcare at home trends, policies, and processes.

• Judi Lund Person, Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, who helps ensure that hospice's voice is heard with policymakers. She frequently interfaces with federal administrators of hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions. 

Additionally, breakouts are planned on topics including the End-Of-Life Options Act, Emergency Readiness, Recruiting, Surveys and more!

Register for the 2017 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference

 

HCAC Plays Integral Role In Seeking Resolution For New Medicaid System Issues

March 16, 2017

The Home Care Association of Colorado has played a significant role in attempting to solve the many payment issues created by the launch of Colorado's new interChange system. 

HCAC Government-Affairs Specialist Ellen Caruso has carried messages back and forth between agency billing specialists, state officials and representatives of HPE, or Hewlett Packard Enterprises, the vendor selected by the state to build a system to replace one operated by Xerox. 

 

 

HCAC Greets Seniors, Legislators At Colorado's Senior Lobby Day

March 16, 2017

The Home Care Association of Colorado greeted scores of seniors and 20 state legislators, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, at yesterday's Senior Lobby Day at the Colorado Capitol. 

Attending the event, for which HCAC was a gold sponsor, were HCAC President Todd Chambers, All The Comfort Of Home; Board Member Lisa Foster, PSA Healthcare; Board Member Iva Lou Bailey, Argus Home Health Care; HCAC lobbyists Ellen Caruso and Betsy Murray; Executive Director Don Knox and Membership Director Sonja Hix-Cortina. 

HCAC distributed to consumers its 2017 Home Care Provider Directory as well as information on how to select a provider. The association spoke to legislators about its current efforts to improve reimbursement, increase access to care, and reduce regulatory burdens. 

Read more about Colorado Senior Lobby 

 

 
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