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Save the Date for Fall 2013 District Meetings

October 4, 2013

HCAF will host our in-person Fall 2013 District Meetings next month, and home care professionals are encouraged to attend to learn about the PPS Final Rule, companionship exemption and connect with your local home care community. The dates and cities are confirmed and so are most of the locations. The remaining specific locations will be announced soon.  Check our calendar for the latest updates.

  • District I (Pensacola) – Nov 25, mid-day
  • District II (Tallahassee) – Nov 22, mid-day
  • District III (Ocala) – Nov 21, morning
  • District IV (Jacksonville) – Nov 12, afternoon
  • District V & VI (Tampa) – Nov 18, afternoon
  • District VII (Orlando) – Nov 20, morning
  • District VIII (Fort Myers) – Nov 19, morning
  • District IX (Stuart) – Nov 13, morning
  • District X (Fort Lauderdale) – Nov 14, morning
  • District XI (Miami) – Nov 15, morning

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HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Deadline Delay

August 27, 2012

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a rule that makes final a one-year proposed delay – from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014– in the compliance date for use of new codes that classify diseases and health problems. These code sets, known as the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes, or ICD-10, will include codes for new procedures and diagnoses that improve the quality of information available for quality improvement and payment purposes. (more…)

WEDNESDAY: CMS Home Health Open Door Forum

August 20, 2012

This month’s CMS Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 2:00pm ET. Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time.

The agenda is as follows: (more…)

New at the HCAF Store: Nancy Allen’s “Survivor! Ten Practical Steps to Survey Survival”

June 18, 2012

HCAF is excited to announce the newest offering at the HCAF Store, Survivor! Ten Practical Steps to Survey Survival: New for 2012 Survey Changes and Surveyor Secrets Revealed!

Survivor! Ten Practical Steps to Survey Survival provides home care clinicians and managers with the tools they need to excel at their next survey, and go from fear to confidence. Learn from Nancy E. Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC, a surveyor who knows what really goes on behind closed doors in the survey process. (more…)

2012 Election Results: 4 Directors Re-elected, 2 New Directors Elected to HCAF’s Board of Directors

June 14, 2012

Elections were held last month for six seats on HCAF’s Board of Directors for the directors representing Districts II, IV, VI, VIII and X, as well the director representing Associate members.

Four incumbent directors were re-elected to second two-year terms: (more…)

State Anticipates Medicaid Waiver Approval in January

December 5, 2011

By Christine Jordan Sexton

January is the new target date for final approval of the state’s Medicaid 1115 extension.

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek told members of the KidCare Coordinating Council on Friday that the December holidays will slow down talks between the states and the federal government, and that she now expects the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant final approval to the sweeping waiver next month. (more…)

CMS Administrator Donald Berwick to Resign

November 28, 2011

Donald Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, will be leaving his post, effective Dec. 2, according to the Associated Press. (more…)

Aides: ‘Super Committee’ Likely to Announce Failure to Reach Debt Deal

November 21, 2011

From CNN by Lisa Desjardins and Kate Bolduan

A weekend of talks among members of the congressional committee charged with coming up with $1.2 trillion in budget cuts appeared to produce no last-minute compromise ahead of Monday’s practical deadline.

Democratic and Republican aides told CNN on Sunday that discussions had turned to how to announce the failure to reach a deal.

A senior Democratic aide said talks are focused on a Monday announcement.

Another senior Democratic source said, “No decisions or agreement has been reached concerning any announcement or how this will end. But, yes, the likely outcome is no agreement will be reached.” (more…)

HCAF’s Bobby Lolley to Serve on Florida QIO’s Strategic Council

November 18, 2011

HCAF Executive Director Bobby Lolley has been selected to serve on the FMQAI’s Quality Improvement Organization Strategic Council (QSC). FMQAI is funded by Medicare to be Florida’s Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). (more…)

Join a Workgroup to Streamline Care Across Long Term Post-Acute Care

November 15, 2011

We’re happy to report that the Office of the National Coordination for HIT (ONC) Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework has developed a Longitudinal Coordination of Care (LCC) Workgroup. (more…)