Study Finds Home Health Physical Therapy Lowers Re-Hospitalization Substantially

Home Health physical therapy visits can substantially lower the risk of re-hospitalization in older adults during a 60-day period, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA). Re-hospitalizations are estimated to cost more than $41 billion per year, with older patients disproportionately at risk to encounter serious…

How to Understand the Hospice PEPPER Report and Use it to Help Your Agency

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar entitled The Hospice PEPPER Report on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT. This webinar is free to NAHC members. If you’re a hospice provider, you know the importance of PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns…

Recently Added OIG Work Plan Item May Impact Home Health and Hospice Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) work planning is dynamic and adjustments are made throughout the year to meet priorities and to anticipate and respond to emerging issues. A Work Plan has been developed, made public, and updated monthly with new issues.  This month, there are two new issues…

Home Health Leads Rapid Health Care Job Growth, Spending Slows

Employment in the health care sector continues to grow at a record pace, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but spending in the sector continued to grow more slowly than the rest of the economy. JOBS BLS statistics indicate the health care sector added 49,000 jobs in March 2019,…

How to Find Success with the New Payment Landscape

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar entitled Success Under CMMI ACO & BPCI Programs on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT. This webinar is free to NAHC members. The payment landscape is changing, creating a new range of challenges and opportunities…

CMS FY2020 Hospice Payment Rule Rebases RHC, GIP and IRC; Imposes New “Transparency” Requirements

  –2.7% Payment Update and Wage Index Changes Part of Significant Rule Changes On Friday, April 19, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted its proposed FY2020 payment rule titled, “Medicare Program; FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements”.  Comments on the rule will be…

CMS Updates Hospice Chapter of Medicare Claims Processing Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Transmittal 4280/Change Request (CR) 11205, Update to Pub. 100-04, Chapter 11.    This CR updates the Hospice chapter of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual to reflect: Language regarding billing for physician assistants as attending physicians Clarification of hospice election periods and benefit periods (same meaning for claims…

NAHC Webinar Series on PDGM Will Help You Transition to the New Payment Model

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) represents the biggest change to home health payment of the 21st century and on January 1, 2020 — just over eight months from now – it becomes law. Is your agency prepared for all the different ways PDGM will impact your patients, employees, and business? You may have noticed there…

CMS Details Rationale for Modified Public Reporting of Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent – Paired Measure

As reported on April 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish on Hospice Compare this summer only Measure 1 of the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent Paired Measure. Measure 1 is the percentage of patients who receive at least one visit from a registered nurse, physician, nurse practitioner, or…

The Value of Taking a Member of Congress on a Home Care or Hospice Visit

As we come upon the Easter recess of Congress, now is a good time to remind everyone in the home care and hospice community that taking a member of Congress to visit a home care or hospice patient at home is a great idea. Getting elected representatives on home care and hospice visits is a…