Transition of Enrollment and Certification Activities for Hospices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released Change Request (CR) 12868 which updates Chapter 10 of CMS Publication (Pub.) 100-08, Program Integrity Manual (PIM), with instructions regarding the processing of various certified provider and supplier enrollment transactions including hospices. The effective date of the updates has been moved from September 30 to…

Creating Strategic Partnerships for Total Patient Care

Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET REGISTER Discover how home health, hospice and private duty home care can develop systems that produce cross-referrals and serve patients throughout the continuum. We all believe there should be cross-referrals from home health to hospice to private duty, but we rarely see them materialize. In this fast-paced…

CDC’s New Guidance for Health Care Workers

Last Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for several COVID-19 pandemic infection control recommendations in health care delivery settings. The new guidance does away with the vaccination status of health care workers when determining whether to screen them for COVID-19, quarantine those workers, or employ “source control” measures such as…

CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines & Training Materials

The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Version 9.0 is now available. The Guidelines include information on the program requirements, sampling protocol, modes of survey administration, and data coding and data file preparation and submission amongst general information about the survey, its administration and oversight activities.  Updates to the guidelines were made based on questions…

Home Health Preview Reports Available

The home health Preview Reports reflecting results from the Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey from April 2021 through March 2022 are now available on the Home Health CAHPS website under the “For HHAs” tab. HHAs must be logged into the website to view their report. The Preview Reports also…

Make Your Mark at the 2022 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo

REGISTER! Make sure you register soon for the 2022 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo. We don’t want you to have any FOMO about our transformative content and unexpected discoveries at this year’s event. Join us to connect and share your expertise with home health, hospice, private duty providers, business partners, and industry thought leaders…

CMS Open Door Forum Summary: Hospice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on September 21, 2022. The summary of the Forum applicable to hospice providers is below. Care Compare CMS staff focused on updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) as part of the September Open Door Forum. …

CMS Open Door Forum Summary: Home Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on September 21, 2022. The summary of the Forum applicable to home health and hospice providers is below. Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) The Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) program is scheduled to begin January…

Flu Shot: Encourage Preferred Vaccines for Patients 65+

It’s time to talk with your patients about flu shots. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October or as soon as possible each flu season. You can give flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same visit. New for this flu season: Patients 65 and older should get…

CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum

On Wednesday, September 28th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to share updates for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. During this webinar, Jermama Keys, HQRP Coordinator at CMS and subject matter experts from Abt Associates will provide information on the following topics: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Final…