Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update Updated OASIS-D Q&A Document An updated question and answer (Q&A) document containing responses to questions from CMS OASIS-D trainings is now available.  The Q&A document was originally posted on December 4, 2018 but did not contain answers to questions that required additional research.  Those answers have now been updated. …

Please take this Quick Medicare Administrative Contractor Satisfaction Survey

The 2019 MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI), a survey administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is now available. The MSI is designed to measure your satisfaction as a Medicare provider with the performance of your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). This survey should only take 10 minutes of your time and helps the…

Fight to Allow Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health at March on Washington!

There is no cost to attend the 2019 March on Washington, so register now! The 2019 March on Washington is less than two weeks away and we need you to join us for two days of education and advocacy on behalf of the millions of people across America who depend on home care and hospice and the…

Cost Report Submission Reminders & Updates for Home Health and Hospice Providers

The largest proportion of home health and hospice agencies utilize a calendar year fiscal year and are required by Medicare to submit their cost report by May 31. This article provides reminders of various changes that may impact the cost reporting process for these organizations. Electronic Cost Report Submission/CMS Webinar Starting last year, the Centers…

Administration Budget Calls for Spending Cuts, Prior Authorization, Unified Post-Acute Payment System

On Tuesday the White House released the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. Released annually, the President’s budget does not carry the weight of law, but does provide a robust view of the administration’s priorities, and the direction it would like to take the country. The Department of Health and Human Services outlined a projected budget…

CMS: Changes Coming to Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) held a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) on the development of a hospice assessment tool on March 13, 2019.  The purpose was to provide an update on the status of the tool and allow hospices and other interested parties to…

CMS Call on Data Interoperability across the Continuum

Below is information about a call CMS has scheduled on March 19 on the subject of Data Interoperability across the Continuum:  CMS Data Element Library Call.  While this call does not deal directly with the recently proposed rule, Interoperability and Patient Access, it is related and members may be interested in listening.  See previous NAHC…

CMS Special Open Door Forum on Hospice Assessment Tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) will hold a Special Open Door Forum to allow hospices and other interested parties to ask questions about the development of a Hospice Assessment Tool. The Special Open Door Forum will be on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM…

CMS Issues Transmittal on Guidelines for Determining Immediate Jeopardy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Transmittal 187, Revision to the State Operations Manual (SOM 100-07) Appendix Q, dated March 6, 2019.  The purpose of the Transmittal is to add a new appendix, Appendix Q – Core Guidelines for Determining Immediate Jeopardy, to the CMS State Operations Manual to standardize the key…

Understanding the New Section GG OASIS-D Items

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a functional coding fact sheet to clarify that the response codes for the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) M1800 series function items, and the Section GG function items are not intended to be duplicative, or ‘match’. There are differences between items that have the…