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…

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…

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. …

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…

New Hospice Quality Reporting Program Resources

Hospices can take advantage of three new resources for the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP), which are detailed below.  NAHC also takes this opportunity to include a reminder of the HQRP Forum scheduled for September 28 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM ET. Registration is required for the Forum.  The following is the agenda for the…

Starting Soon: The Demand of Remaining COVID-19 Accelerated or Advanced Payment Balances

SPECIAL NOTE:  This article was posted online by Palmetto GBA; however, since the recoupment of COVID-19 related Accelerated or Advanced Payments impact providers across the Nation, we are reprinting a significant portion of the Palmetto article for your benefit. PLEASE NOTE that if the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) you work with is CGS or NGS,…

CMS Proposes Modifications to Requirements for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

We want to know what you think! Please submit any comments on this to Theresa Forster of the NAHC staff at tmf@nahc.org As part of the calendar year (CY) 2022 physician payment rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgated significant regulations implementing Section 2003 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery…

Next CMS Home Health & Hospice Open Door Forum is Wednesday

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2022 PM at 3:30-4:30 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS Co-Chair- Kelly Vontran,…

Tell CMS How to Improve Efficiency, Advance Equity

NAHC will be submitting comments; GO HERE to submit your own comments to CMS To make comment suggestions to NAHC, please email tom@nahc.org Deadline for comments is November 4 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request For Information (RFI) seeking public input on accessing health care and related challenges, understanding…