Quality Reporting Programs, Payment Update Rules Covered by CMS Open Door Forum

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum on August 26, 2021.  A summary of the contents for home health and hospice is below. We begin with hospice. HOSPICE CMS shared some of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Policy final rule provisions.  A detailed summary…

Tell Us What You Think of the FY2022 Proposed Hospice Changes

Separate Surveys Allow for Input on Proposed Quality Changes, Election Statement Addendum and CoP Proposals, and Payment/Utilization Trend The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its FY2022 proposed hospice payment rule in mid-April.  Among its items the rule proposes numerous changes for hospice quality measures, a significant change to the “labor shares” of…

Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life Measure Clarified

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has re-specified the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII) measure. The re-specified measure, Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL), and was announced by CMS via the report Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent: Measure Validity Testing Summary and Re-Specifications (posted in September, 2020). HVLDL is a…

CMS will retire the original Compare Tools on December 1st

CMS will retire the original Compare Tools on December 1st. Use Medicare.gov’s Care Compare to find and compare health care providers. In early September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Care Compare on Medicare.gov, to streamline the eight original health care compare tools. Since then, you’ve had the opportunity to use and familiarize yourself…

CMS Open Door Forum Updates Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on November 4 where CMS reviewed information and resources it has recently released.  A summary is below. HOME HEALTH CMS provided a high level overview of the provisions of the CY2021 Home Health…

CMS Redesigns Provider COMPARE Websites

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched Care Compare on September 3, a streamlined redesign of eight existing CMS healthcare compare tools available on Medicare.gov. The eight separate tools, including Hospice Compare and Home Health Compare, are now consolidated into one site — Care Compare — which provides a single user-friendly interface that patients…