2012 News

December, 13, 2012

CHAP Statement on Leadership Change

The Board of Directors of CHAP has determined the need to change direction in the operational management of the organization.

David Schneider, Chair of the Board of Directors, states, “Terry Duncombe has been at the helm of CHAP as president and CEO for 11 years. In that role, Ms. Duncombe helped us grow our important mission of advancing the highest standards of community-based care. We wish her well as she moves on to her next career opportunity.”

December, 13, 2012

CHAP Appoints Interim President and CEO

Washington, DC – The Board of Directors of Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) announced today that it has made a change to its top leadership, appointing Ms. Julie Reynes as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 11, 2012. The organization will be recruiting a new leader in 2013 who will take CHAP to the next level.

December, 6, 2012

Home Health PPS Final Rule - Update on the Effective Dates for Therapy Provisions

The CY 2013 Home Health Prospective Payment System Refinements and Rate Update, Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements, and Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Home Health Agencies final rule (CMS-1358-F) was displayed in the Federal Register on November 8 to update Medicare’s Home Health Prospective Payment System payment rates for CY 2013.

December, 3, 2012

OIG Says No to Physician CPAP Dispensing

Officials at the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) hoped the Office of Inspector General (OIG) would clear the way for physicians to sell PAP devices. As outlined on page 91 of the OIG’s 92-page Semiannual Report to Congress, the request was essentially denied.

December, 3, 2012

OIG Special Fraud Alerts and Special Advisory Bulletins

From time to time, the OIG publishes Special Fraud Alerts and Special Advisory Bulletins that discuss business arrangements that the OIG believes may be abusive, and educate the DME and pharmacy industries concerning fraudulent and/or abusive practices that the OIG has observed and is observing in the industry. These documents reflect the OIG’s opinions regarding the application of the fraud and abuse laws.

November, 28, 2012

Community Health Accreditation Program Appoints Community-based Healthcare Thought Leaders to its Board of Directors

Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP, Inc.) today announced the appointment of two new three-year term members to the CHAP Board of Directors. The new appointees represent community-based healthcare sectors and were appointed at CHAP's September 2012 Board meeting.

November, 5, 2012

Final Rule DME Face-to-Face Requirement

The 2013 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, published on November 2, 2012, includes the final regulation on the DME face-to-face requirement. The regulation requires a written order prior to delivery, and a face-to-face encounter for a large number of DME items. O&P items are not included in this regulation, but a face-to-face regulation for O&P is in the works.

October, 25, 2012

CMS Grants CHAP Continued Hospice Deeming Authority for Six Years

Today, Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) announced continued approval of its hospice accreditation program by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a six year term. This deeming authority, granted by CMS, recognizes CHAP’s program as a national accreditation program for hospice organizations seeking to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

October, 24, 2012

NHIA FAQs Regarding Safety of Compounded Products

Recent widespread media reports regarding the tragic multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated drugs compounded by New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC), are generating questions from various stakeholders regarding the safety of pharmacy compounding. In response, NHIA is taking strong measures to ensure unwarranted legislative and regulatory actions are not imposed on our industry.

October, 18, 2012

Bidding is Now Open for the Round 1 Recompete of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program

CMS is now soliciting bids for the Round 1 Recompete of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.

September, 5, 2012

New Webcast for Round 1 Recompete Bidders

The first in a series of educational webcasts for the Round 1 Recompete of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program is now available on the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website.

August, 28, 2012

Clarification on Terminations of Accreditation for Organizations with Deemed Status

Guidance from CMS providing FAQ/clarification about voluntary or involuntary termination of CHAP accreditation for organizations with deemed status.

August, 17, 2012

CMS Announces Timeline for DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Round 1 Recompete; Begins Bidder Education Program

CMS has announced the bidding timeline for the Round 1 Recompete of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.

August, 13, 2012

ASPE Weighs in on the Value of Innovation

(via HomeCare Monday E-newsletter) - A new HHS report titled “Health Care Cost Containment and Medical Innovation” finds the question of whether health innovation adds value to be a close call, saying that “on average, research suggests that additional innovation is welfare enhancing.”

August, 3, 2012

Prior Authorization of Power Mobility Devices Demonstration to Begin September 1

On August 1, CMS displayed a Federal Register Notice announcing a September 1, 2012 start date of the Power Mobility Devices (PMD) demonstration. The start date of the demonstration is based on the date of the written order.

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