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Tuesday, March 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Wednesday, March 20, 2018
 Official Publication of Minnesota HomeCare Association









MHCA Seeks Board Nominations

The home care industry in Minnesota has no shortage of talent. There are many great leaders throughout the state, who do you want to represent you on the MHCA Board? Nominate yourself or someone else for a position on the MHCA Board of Directors by March 23rd. READ MORE

Regions Hold Successful Meetings

Last week, more than 100 MHCA members from throughout the state gathered in 7 locations for the Region Meetings. Attendees were able to network and learn about wound care via webinar. The webinar recording is now posted for playback. Please note: the speaker did not cover all the materials in the webinar, but the slides are available for viewing.

Annual Meeting Fast Approaching

Have you registered for the biggest and best home care meeting in Minnesota? May 16-17 in Duluth will bring together home care professionals, speakers, and vendors for two days of education and networking.

Not sure what to expect? Come along for the “Ride of a Lifetime” with Annie Meehan. Find out why “Washington Doesn’t Value Home-Based Care and What We Can Do About It” with Tracey Moorhead. Still not convinced? How about a Medicare Update with Lauri Domingo or the 3 concurrent education tracks – Leadership, Clinical, and Regulatory/Licensure? Don’t hesitate, register today! Note the housing deadline of April 15!

Home Care Professional of the Year

Do you know a home care professional who goes above and beyond? A nurse, manager, caregiver, aid, therapist or other individual who brings extra compassion and enthusiasm to their work? If so, nominate them for the 2018 Home Care Professional of the Year! Learn more here.

MN HomeCare PAC Seeks Silent Auction Donations

Calling all wine lovers! The MN HomeCare PAC (Political Action Committee) will once again be hosting its silent auction and “Wall of Wine” during the 48th Annual Meeting. We can’t do it without you! Please consider donating wine and/or a silent auction item. Proceeds benefit the PAC, which benefits everyone working in – or served by – home care. Your contribution will allow MN HomeCare PAC to advocate on behalf of the clients you serve, and your organization. Learn more here.


Medicare: Plan of Care Checklist
by Vickie Brand, MHCA Nurse Consultant

Requirements for the Plan of Care (POC) can be found throughout the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs). A checklist has been developed that your agency can use as a resource. This checklist compiles relevant information for your agency to use to ensure compliance with the POC regulations. This tool is meant to be used as a reference only.


Clinical Quality: Medication Reconciliation

Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation – the IMPACT Act was signed into law in 2014, included were measures that were to be implemented within certain timelines. Medication reconciliation/drug regimen review (DRR) was one measure for home health agencies. This measure is imbedded in the OASIS assessment at SOC/ROC. CMS provided additional clarification in a presentation on August 17, 2017, which can be accessed on their website and will be referenced here.

On admission or resumption of care the admitting clinician is required to complete the medication review. CMS’s definitions are as follows...READ MORE


Capitol Happenings

All three MHCA priority issues have seen movement at the Capitol. The bill which would set a new Start of Care (SOC) reimbursement rate has been introduced and referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee and the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee. The legislation which would require agencies to be notified if a client to be served is a registered predatory offender has been heard in the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee and is scheduled to be heard in the House Public Safety Committee. The “licensure” bill, which would update the complex state home health rules and regulations, has been heard in the Senate Human Services Reform committee and was laid over as we await a fiscal note, and has been heard in the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee and was passed on to the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee where it is scheduled to be heard Thursday. READ MORE

Electronic Visit Verification

The federal government has required that every state have an Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system in place by January 1, 2019 for personal care services and by January 1, 2023 of home health care services. The federal government will penalize each state that does not comply .25% on the federal match on Medical Assistance for these services increasing to 1% over time. This penalty is likely to be passed on to providers through rate reductions if imposed. The MHCA supported legislation during the 2017 legislative session to insure Minnesota’s compliance and to minimize the financial burden on providers and to prevent the disruption of care to clients. The expectation was that after gaining stakeholder input during 2017, that Governor Dayton would include in his 2018 supplemental budget an EVV proposal that would comply with the federal law, minimize provider costs, and prevent a disruption in client services. Unfortunately, the Governor did not include such a proposal in his budget. READ MORE

Messerli Advocates in D.C.

Just this week, MHCA Executive Director Kathy Messerli travelled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for home care. “I was able to meet with health care staff from Senator Smith, Senator Klobuchar, as well as Representative Emmer and Paulson’s offices. We discussed many timely and important issues related to home care, such as proposed clarifications to Medicare Home Health Payment Reform and allowing non-Physician Practitioners to certify eligibility for the home health benefit (S. 445 / H.R. 1825). Please note: all of MN’s congressional delegation-with the exception of Senator Smith-have now signed on to support this bill. Feel free to reach out and thank them! Please also reach out to Senator Smith and ask for her support!

MHCA will continue to be your voice at the state and federal levels!

New Medicare Cards Set to Ship

Are you ready for the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI)? New Medicare cards will start shipping to beneficiaries in April. Providers are encouraged to be up to date on associated changes. Click here for more information.

MAC Satisfaction Survey Available

The 2018 MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI), a survey administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is now available. The MSI is designed to measure your satisfaction as a Medicare provider with the performance of your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) – National Government Services.

This survey should only take 10 minutes of your time and helps the MACs and CMS understand how providers might best be served.
The survey can be found on the NGS website. The survey expires on May 31, 2018.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and MHCA encourages agencies to take the survey. The MSI is the best way to share your opinions of MAC services directly with the CMS.


Upcoming MHCA Events - Register Today

April 11 - Medication Management Workshop, Bloomington
May 16-17 – 48th Annual Meeting, Duluth

On-Demand Training

We know it is difficult to attend every session live, so here you can sort through the education that you need, and watch on your time! Click here to learn more.

FREE CEU for members! Wound Assessment and Management

Upcoming Webinars:

March 22 – Home Health Aide Skills and Documentation
March 27 – Pain Management and Opioids
March 29 – Medicare Home Health Cost Report
April 3 – Appreciation and Recognition: Why Caregivers Stay
April 5 – Aide Education: Diabetes


June 13 – Region Meetings
July 25- 16th Annual Assisted Living & Home Care Conference, St. Paul

Other Educational Opportunities

June 2 - “Caring for a Person With Memory Loss


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