CMS Issues Final Rule to Advance Interoperability

On March 9, 2020, both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued for display on the ONC web site final rules that advance the goals of interoperability of electronic health care records (EHR). On April 22, 2020 these rules went on…

CMS Proposes Revised Instructions to the Advanced Beneficiary Notice

On August 20, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Paperwork Reduction Act notice for the Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN), form CMS-R-131.  In the Federal Register, CMS announced an information collection for the extension, without change, to the current ABN form. However, CMS is proposing changes to the instructions for the ABN…

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 Cost Report Changes for Freestanding Home Health Providers

On April 16, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published notice in the Federal Register of plans to revise the existing home health freestanding cost reporting instructions and forms (1728-94) with revised forms and instructions (1728-19).  CMS has also posted online several documents related to the proposed cost report revisions, including the…