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  • September 24, 2020 11:18 AM | Amanda Schumacher (Administrator)

    National Association for Home Care & Hospice

    You are invited to join a webinar this Friday September 25, 2020 from 12:00PM-1:30PM EST for Home Health and Hospice Facilities presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to discuss the Abbott BinaxNOW™ test.

    On August 27, 2020, the Trump Administration announced the purchase of 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests to be distributed across the country. You are receiving this email because your organization could receive Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Point of Care (POC) SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), if you meet HHS criteria regarding testing prioritization. Training videos, modules, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the BinaxNOW™ test can be accessed here on Abbott's website. For questions regarding the BinaxNOW™ test, please call Abbott Technical Services at 1-800-257-9525 or email ts.scr@abbott.com. For shipment issues or questions, email ARDxUSGovernmentSupport@abbott.com.

    To assist states, home health agencies, and hospice facilities, HHS will host a webinar with Abbott on September 25, 2020 from 12:00PM-1:30PM EST to walk through the HHS BinaxNOW program, manufacturer's training and introduce the product. The webinar will have a training from Abbott to demonstrate the training tools available and answer questions and representatives from the U.S. Government to speak about the program. Use the following link to register for the training: click here to register

    If you are unable to attend the webinar the session will be recorded and available for review and shared soon. You can also access the Abbott BinaxNOW™ training portal using this link: click here to access training portal

    William A. Dombi, Esq.
    President
    National Association for Home Care & Hospice

  • September 23, 2020 8:49 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has launched a newsletter to explain electronic visit verification in a clear and conversational way. The first issue contains information about the provider and worker identification processes and getting ready for Day 1 of EVV. Further issues of Your Key to EVV will be posted to the newsletter’s library page.

  • September 10, 2020 9:58 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    Nominate a yourself or a colleague to serve on the WiAHC Board of Directors today!

    WiAHC is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are elected annually to staggered three-year terms. Board members develop and manage the affairs of the Association and are supported by Committee Chairs and staff. Positions include Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Regional and At-Large Representatives.

    Positions serve a three-year term, starting January 2021. Those elected will also be invited to attend the final Board meeting of 2020.

    To be eligible, a nominee's home health agency must be a current member of WiAHC.

    How to Nominate

    Nominating is easy, quick and simple!

    Submit a nomination by completing the call for nominations form here.

    The deadline to submit nominations is October 2, 2020.

  • September 10, 2020 8:53 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    WI Department of Health Services

    Wisconsin Makes CARES Act funds available to home and community-based service providers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, emergency medical services, and clinics

    Starting Friday, September 4, the Department of Health Services (DHS) will once again be accepting applications for Wisconsin’s program to provide relief for specific types of health care service providers to offset losses or expenses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding being used was allotted to the state under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    The second round of the CARES Act Provider Payment (CAPP) Program will use the same application as the first round and will be open to the same provider types with one addition:

    • Home and community-based service providers, including providers for 1-2 bed adult family homes, day services, home health, personal care, pre-vocational and supported employment, respite care, supportive home care, and daily living skills training for children
    • Assisted living facilities, including community-based residential facilities, 3-4 bed adult family homes, and resident care apartment complexes
    • Nursing homes, including skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities
    • Emergency medical services providers 
    • (new) Emergency physician independent practice groups*


    Read more here

  • September 01, 2020 11:34 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    Yesterday also marked the release of a new Marquette University Law School poll, which provides the latest insight on voter preferences on the presidential election as well as opinions on handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and popularity of masking.

    Here are some topline results:

    Preference in the Presidential Election

    Biden: 49%

    Trump: 44%

    Trump Approval Rating

    Approve: 44%

    Disapprove: 54%

    Trump Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic

    Approve: 40%

    Disapprove: 58%

    Evers Approval Rating

    Approve: 57%

    Disapprove: 37%

    Evers Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic

    Approve: 61%

    Disapprove: 35%

    Masks Should Be Required in Public Places

    Agree: 69%

    Disagree: 29%

  • September 01, 2020 11:33 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    On August 11, Wisconsin held its partisan primaries for state legislative offices. These elections determined which two major party candidates will square off against each other in November. 

    While most sitting legislators were either unchallenged or were expected to handily win their primaries, political spectators had their eyes on the following races: 

    ·  60th Assembly District GOP Primary - Ozaukee County: Rep. Brooks v Chris Reimer

    ·  82nd Assembly District GOP Primary - Franklin: Rep. Skowronski  v Theodore Kafkas

    ·  90th Assembly District Dem Primary - Green Bay: Rep. Staush Gruszynski v Kristina Shelton

    ·  6th Senate District Dem Primary - Milwaukee: Sen. LaTonya Johnson v Michelle Bryant

    ·  10th Senate District GOP Primary - Northwest Wisconsin: Rep. Stafsholt v Cherie Link

    After votes were totaled, the only incumbent to lose was Democrat Representative Staush Gruszynski, who faced a tough reelection bid following sexual harassment allegations from a legislative staffer earlier this year.

    Also of note, State Senator and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald won the Republican Primary in the 5th Congressional District. Fitzgerald is seeking to replace longtime Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, who is not seeking reelection. Fitzgerald's primary victory essentially guarantees his seat in Congress as the 5th District is overwhelmingly conservative. With Fitzgerald officially leaving the Senate, the Republican caucus are in search of a new Majority Leader, the most powerful position in the State Senate.

    The state is now set for the November 3 general election. All 99 Assembly seats are up for election as well as 16 of the 33 Senate seats. For complete primary results, please see here.

  • September 01, 2020 8:54 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Department of Health Services

    What is Electronic Visit Verification?

    The federal 21st Century Cures Act requires all states to put Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) into effect. This applies to all Medicaid-covered personal care and some supportive home care services.

    EVV uses technology to make sure members and participants get their personal care or supportive home care services. EVV will not change your care. You will continue to receive the care you need.

    Starting in November 2020, workers must use EVV for each visit. During each visit, six pieces of information will be recorded. 

    Read more here

  • August 24, 2020 8:41 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) training is being offered for personal care provider agencies, supportive home care agencies, and program payers. The intended audience for these trainings is provider agency and program payer administrative staff. The goal is for these staff to be trained on EVV so that they in turn can train other agency staff, including workers. DHS will provide an EVV system free of charge. However, provider agencies may choose to purchase an alternate system that meets DHS requirements. DHS will offer EVV-system trainings for administrative staff, specific to the EVV system being used:

    • DHS EVV training (for the Sandata system provided by DHS) will include general EVV functionality, Sandata technology, and Wisconsin-specific information.
    • Sandata Aggregator training (for EVV systems not provided by DHS) will cover Sandata’s aggregator, the technology that integrates information from alternate or third-party EVV systems with the DHS EVV solution.

    The trainings are offered to assist with agency compliance before DHS’ scheduled implementation of the electronic visit verification (EVV) on November 2.  EVV will be required for Medicaid-covered personal care and supportive home care services that include personal care. EVV uses technology to verify that billed services were provided. Refer to the July 2020 ForwardHealth Update (2020-31), titled “Implementation of Electronic Visit Verification for Personal Care and Supportive Home Care Services,” for detailed information on EVV policy, technology, and validation. 

    Additional information is available on the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s website (link) for updates and information.  This site includes an informational video on the program, and summary of key policy decisions.


  • August 20, 2020 8:58 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    National Association for Home Care & Hospice

    The Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive (CHCE) certification is available to eligible individuals in home care/hospice leadership positions. This includes executives and managers in provider organizations and those serving in related organizations such as consultants, accreditation and regulatory surveyors, and state home care associations.

    Certification is a sign of commitment to your profession as a home care or hospice executive. It communicates pride in your work and dedication to being fully versed in all of the areas of executive management required to effectively run a home care or hospice agency.

    In order to receive your CHCE certification you must complete a few steps.

    Step 1. Submit your application. The application fee for NAHC members is $20, for nonmembers it is $50

    Step 2. Once approved you may register to take the CHCE Exam and will receive access to the CHCE Study Guide. The certification exam for NAHC members is $200, and $500 for nonmembers. The timed exam consists of 223 questions covering the following topics Legal Requirements, Financial Operations, Payment Source, Regulatory Compliance, Strategic Planning and Operations, Human Resources, Quality and Performance Improvement, Risk Management, Marketing and Public Relations, Training and Continuing Education, Ethics, Technology Application, and Policy and Advocacy. You will have one year to prepare for the exam.

    Step 3. Once you pass the exam, you will receive your certification materials. Your CHCE certification will be valid for 4 years.

    Ready to become a Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive. Get started today!

     

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  • August 03, 2020 9:41 AM | WiAHC Office (Administrator)

    This month, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Papa v Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The case, brought by Professional Homecare Providers, Inc., sought to resolve an issue in which the Department of Health Services was recouping Medicaid payments made to private-duty nurses after auditing their records.

    DHS recouped between $15,000 and $48,000 each from four separate private-duty nurses after audits found errors in notes and medical records. In other, DHS recouped costs for the way records were written, not because of fraudulent claims. Professional Homecare Providers, Inc. sued the state because of this documentation “perfection policy” created by DHS.

    The State Supreme Court sided with the nurses, stating in the ruling, “There is no legal basis for the perfection policy.”

    Writing the unanimous opinion, Justice Annette Ziegler said, “We conclude that…DHS may recoup Medicaid payments from service providers only in cases where DHS cannot verify one of the following: (1) the actual provision of covered services; (2) that the reimbursement claim is appropriate for the service provided; and (3) that the reimbursement claim is accurate for the service provided.”

    While the case was brought by private-duty nurses, the ruling applies across the board to all Medicaid providers and clarifies the only justifications for DHS to recoup payments as stated by Justice Ziegler.

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