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2013 PHCA/CALM Webinar November 5, 2013

On November 5, 2013, Kimber L. Latsha of Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C. and Geoffrey Enddowes, Senior Vice Presdient of Post-Acute Care for Lancaster General Health, will present a Webinar entitled "What LTC Providers Need to Know About Health Care Reform and the Changing Models for Delivery of Care".

Kimber Latsha and Tanya Daniels Harris to present at LeadingAge 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo

On October 28, 2013, Kimber L. Latsha and Tanya Daniels Harris of Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C. will present a session entitled "Legal Issues Forum" at the LeadingAge 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo.

LeadingAge New Jersey Webinar August 20, 2013

On August 20, 2013, Kimber L. Latsha of Latsha Davis & McKenna, Jean Hemphill, Esq. of Ballard Spahr LLP, and Stephen Kolesk, M.D. of Virtua presented a Webinar for LeadingAge New Jersey entitled "What LTC Providers Should Know About Health Care Reform and the Changing Models for Delivery of Care.pdf".  Please use the link to view Attorney Latsha's power point.

LeadingAge PA Webinar August 7, 2013

On August 7, 2013, Kimber L. Latsha of Latsha Davis & McKenna and Geoffrey Eddowes, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute Care for Lancaster General Health, presented a Webinar for LeadingAge PA entitled "Opportunities for LTC Providers in Health Care Reform and ACO-Hospital Relationship.pdf".

OBRA Revisions Compel Written Agreements Between Nursing Home and Hospice Providers

On June 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted a final rule amending the Nursing Facility Requirements of Participation (OBRA) and requiring nursing homes to execute written agreements, or amend existing agreements, with Hospice providers consistent with the new OBRA requirements. The purpose of the new regulations is to improve quality and consistency of care between Hospice providers and nursing facilities in the provision of hospice services to residents of nursing facilities. The written agreement between a hospice and a nursing facility must specify the roles and responsibilities of each entity, ensuring no "overlap" of core services to be provided by the hospice, and specifying the process through which the providers communicate about resident care . The regulations specify minimum requirements that must be set forth in such written agreement. The new regulatory provisions mirror the requirements contained in the Hospice Conditions of Participation, and are now being imposed equally on nursing facilities. The effective date of the new regulations is August 26, 2013. As such, nursing facilities that arrange for the provision of hospice services through one or more Medicare-certified hospice providers will need to ensure that a compliant written agreement is in place.

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