CMS’ Verma Marks 2nd Anniversary of Patients over Paperwork Initiative with Listening Session

NAHC shares recommendations as part of stakeholder sessions On October 29, 2019, Administrator Seema Verma celebrated the second anniversary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) signature Patients Over Paperwork (PoP)  initiative by hosting an event that marked progress made to date with addresses by Verma, CMS staff and provider representatives.  In the…

NAHC Comments on Role of Physician Assistants and Other Non-Physician Practitioners in Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on a proposed amendment to Section 418.106(b)(1) of the hospice Conditions of Participation (CoPs) to permit a hospice to accept drug orders from a physician, Nurse Practitioner (NP), or Physician’s Assistant (PA). The proposed…

Burden Reduction Includes Changes to Use of Pseudo Patients in Aide Competency, Drug Management, And More

A recent final rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relating to burden reduction is receiving applause especially from the home health community.  The final rule, Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Dialysis Facilities; Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes to…

Long Awaited Discharge Planning Rule Posted

It has taken four years for the final rule for discharge planning for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and home health agencies to be posted.  This rule also impacts hospices as it changes the requirements for referring patients from these  facilities to hospice care. This final rule is s slated to be published in the Federal…

CMS Proposes Expanded Role for Physician Assistants in Hospice CoP

As reported previously, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA 2018) included a provision permitting physician assistants (PAs), beginning January 1, 2019, to serve as hospice attending physicians.  This change affords patients whose primary care practitioner is a PA to receive the same continuity of care that has been available for patients served by nurse…

CMS Holds Hospice, Home Health “Patients over Paperwork” Listening Sessions at NAHC Conference

–Sessions part of CMS’ expansion of “customer engagement” initiatives Approximately one year ago the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its “Patients over Paperwork” initiative, under which the agency began in-depth discussions on steps that could be taken to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on health care providers, increase efficiencies, and improve the beneficiary…

CMS is Seeking Input on Advancing Interoperability and Transparency in Charges for Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its calendar year (CY) 2019 proposed home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) rule on Monday, July 2, 2018. In addition to payment updates, CMS is seeking feedback on two Requests for Information (RFIs). Request for Information on Promoting Interoperability and Electronic Healthcare Information Exchange Through Possible…