The Mission of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association is to:
Unite and advocate for nurse practitioners in political, professional and policy arenas.
Develop and coordinate educational and networking opportunities.
Advocate for the health of all the people of Maine.
The 50th anniversary of the AANP was celebrated in New Orleans this past week. Our own Miki McDonald was celebrated for her State Award for Excellence nomination!
Susan Doughty and Cindy Leiffer presented 6 minute lectures podium style at the conference as well. Congratulations on a great Maine turn out at the annual conference!
Home Health ICD-10 Handbook 2015
With the healthcare industry on edge over preparations for the ICD-10 transition, now is the critical time for home health coders to master the new code set. Don’t wait until the last minute to update your agency about the code structure differences and the changes to commonly-used home care diagnosis codes.
To help guide you along the way, TCI has launched the Home Health ICD-10 Handbook 2015. This handbook will help you make the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM. Beginning with a brief history of the ICD code set, you’ll move on to learning about the way ICD-10-CM codes are composed and how the structure differs from ICD-9-CM. Next, you’ll find out how to use an ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM general equivalent mapping system to see how codes in the old code set match up to the new codes.
The Home Health ICD-10 Handbook 2015 will help you make sure you’re on track for the changes ahead as well as give you practical information about how to code common diagnoses in the new code set.
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Home Health Care Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Susan Collins
On Thursday, February 26, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 578, the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act of 2015. This legislation, once enacted, will have an immediate impact on the quality of life and timeliness of care for Medicare patients by allowing NPs to certify home health care orders.
Currently, NPs are recognized under state laws and regulations that allow them to complete and sign physical examination forms and other medical certification documents. However, under current Medicare law, NPs with patients who need home health care services must locate a physician who will document the NP's assessment for this care. Enactment of the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act of 2015 will make it possible for NPs to provide the required certification for Medicare patients under their care. Passage of this legislation will reduce Medicare spending by eliminating duplicative services while also improving the quality and timeliness of care for beneficiaries who need home health care services.
AANP thanks Senators Collins and Schumer for taking this important first legislative step toward improving patients' lives, and the organization pledges its continued support for swift action this year. We ask that you contact your Senators and ask them to support this important legislation.
Congratulations to Miki MacDonald for her 2015 State Award for Excellence
and Kevin Lewis for his 2015 Maine State Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award
MaineCare Reimbursement Update
Back in April, we received an email from a MNPA member regarding what looked like a reduction in MaineCare rates paid to certain categories of NPs. Since then we have had discussions with the Director of MaineCare Services, Stefanie Nadeau and her staff, leading to a face-to-face meeting to help Bob Howe and Pam Cahill better understand MaineCare reimbursement issues as they relate to NPs.