Communicator XPress


The Communicator XPress is a bi-weekly, emailed newsletter containing timely news of concern to the home health care industry. Published 24 times a year, its circulation is 1,500. The newsletter reaches employees and administrators of home care agencies within the state of Illinois and is also posted here on the IHHC website. Click the dates below to open past issues, or use the search bar in the upper right of the page to search for articles or other resources on a topic of interest to you.

To be added to the Xpress email distribution list contact Liz Vogt - 217-753-4422 or lizvogt@ilhomecare.org.

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July 17, 2018

  • IHHC Holds Strategic Planning Meeting - :41
  • CMS Proposes 2019 Home Health Rule and Major Home Health Payment Changes in 2020 - 2:45
  • CMS Issues Draft OASIS-D User Manual - 6:24
  • CMS Restricts Medicaid Payment of Union Dues of Personal Care Workers - 8:08
  • CMS Procures Tools to Facilitate Complete Documentation for Home Health Services - 9:35
  • IHHC Hospice Work Group Finalizes Nursing Home Communication Tool - 11:22
  • CMS Plans Special Open-Door Forums on HEART - 12:30
  • Changes to the Hospice Eligibility Data Implemented with the July 2018 Quarterly Systems Release - 13:50
  • Member Benefit Spotlight: IHHC Online Academy - 14:52
  • News from Telligen - 16:43
  • Trends & Tidbits - 17:59

July 3, 2018

  • Honoring Veterans in Their Final Days- :44
  • OIG to Look at Home Health Episodes with 5-10 Visits - 12:08
  • How do I Submit Comments on the Review Choice Demonstration? - 15:08
  • Managed Care Trends - 18:22
  • CMS Proposes Update to Home Health Star Ratings - 28:19
  • Share Your Experience with HealthChoice Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Plans - 31:02
  • New Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services - 32:59
  • CMS Launches Data Element Library for Post-Acute Care Providers - 34:37
  • Region Meeting Recap - 36:39
  • News from Telligen - 38:01
  • Trends & Tidbits - 39:12

June 19, 2018

  • Palmetto 16 State Coalition Recap - :45
  • CMS Adds Composite Measure to Hospice Quality Reporting Program - 4:45
  • Upcoming Education - 9:10
  • Emergency Prep Opportunities - 10:10
  • Content Marketing Gives Home Care Agencies the Write Stuff - 12:42
  • Hospices May Resume Reporting Accurate Admission Dates - 19:55
  • News from Telligen - 22:05
  • Trends & Tidbits - 23:15

June 6, 2018

  • CMS Prepares to Bring Back Modified Pre-Claim Review in Five States, Including Illinois - :40
  • IHHC Transitions - 5:36
  • Congressional Round-up - 7:12
  • Mid-Year IHHC Member Renewals Due June 30 - 10:54
  • State Round-Up - 14:08
  • Upcoming Education - 18:49
  • Pros and Cons of Outsource Coding and OASIS review - 19:43
  • June 8 Last Day to Apply for Low Volume Appeals Settlement - 25:18
  • News from Telligen - 26:27
  • Trends & Tidbits - 27:23

May 18, 2018

  • IHHC Submits Comments on OASIS-D Draft - :46
  • Region Meetings - 5:06
  • Coming Soon: The Return of 3-Minute Regs! - 5:52
  • Separate MMAI Plan Credentialing Replaced by Single, Streamlined Process - 6:30
  • IL Gets Green Light to Implement Behavioral Health Pilot Programs that Include In-Home Services - 7:32
  • Download Your PEPPER Report Today - 10:19
  • News From Telligen - 14:11
  • Congress Mulls More Community-Based Services for Vets, Long-Term Care Medicare Benefit - 14:53
  • Trends and Tidbits - 17:21

May 3, 2018

  • IHHC Members Advocate, Build Relationships at State Capitol - :37
  • Lobby Day Participants Have Productive Dialogue With State Agency Officials - 2:21
  • Calling All Private Duty Members! Survey on Membership Value Coming Soon - 14:41
  • Congress, DEA Work on Opioid Issues - 15:30
  • CMS Releases Draft Hospice and Hospital Payment Rules - 20:41
  • CMS Eases Hospice Reporting Requirements, Makes RHC Payment More Transparent - 26:39
  • IHHC Comments on Proposed New Hospice Quality Measure - 28:08
  • News From Telligen - 29:43
  • Trends and Tidbits - 30:47

April 16, 2018

  • New Innovation Center Director Has Home Care Experience - :48
  • Managed Care Update: Client Transitions Begin, With Some Exceptions - 1:47
  • Proposed Medicaid Rules Would Exempt States From Some Access-to-Care Monitoring Requirements - 7:08
  • State OASIS Coordinator Offers Free OASIS Update April 18-19 - 11:05
  • CMS Moves Closer to Allowing MA Plans to Offer Non-Medical “Supplemental Benefits” - 12:07
  • Why You Should Attend Lobby Day - 16:45
  • New Benchmarking Reports Posted on IHHC Website - 20:34
  • Hospice PEPPER Reports Available - 21:59
  • IHHC Online Academy Education Provider to Host Webinar for Training Coordinators - 22:44
  • News from Telligen - 25:17
  • Trends & Tidbits - 27:58

March 28, 2018

  • IHHC Works for You: Report from Washington - :42
  • Annual Conference Wrap-Up: Celebrating Superheroes and Offering New Opportunities - 8:17
  • Congratulations to Our Award Winners! - 10:38
  • Software Updates, New Web Address for OASIS Submission Gateway - 14:05
  • Draft OASIS-D Released - 16:06
  • Upcoming Education and Events - 23:08
  • Trends & Tidbits - 26:58

March 1, 2018

  • Home Health Industry Seeks Corrections to Relevant Provisions of Budget Act - :45
  • Conference Promo - 8:27
  • Interview with Tim Ashe, Fazzi, regarding his Keynote address - 8:58
  • Hiring? Post Your Job with IHHC! - 20:20
  • Bill Dombi Named President of NAHC - 20:46
  • Hospice Corner: Opioid Disposal, Hospice Compare and More on the Hospital Payment Change - 22:08
  • IHHC Works for You: CoP Chats - 32:03
  • IHHC Lobby Day is Coming Soon! - 33:17
  • Low Volume Appeals Settlement Initiative Underway, Deadline Approaching - 33:47
  • Highlights of Targeted Probe and Educate - 36:08
  • Upcoming Education: Coding and OASIS C2 Review April 10-11 in Vandalia - 38:37
  • News from Telligen - 40:15
  • Trends & Tidbits - 43:10

February 13, 2018

  • Congress Passes Compromise Home Health, Hospice Reforms in Budget Deal
  • CoP Issues: Patient Rights Notification Timeline, Home Health Aide Training and Competency
  • IHHC Conference Early Bird Ends 2/16/18
  • Save the Date: IHHC State Lobby Day on April 25
  • News from the 16-State Coalition
  • Hospices No Longer Must Use Workaround to Bill in Transfer Situations
  • Telligen Update: Heart Health
  • Non-Skilled Home Care a Supplemental Medicare Advantage Benefit in 2019
  • Vendor Spotlight: corecubed - Does Your Agency’s Reputation Precede You?
  • Trends & Tidbits