CMS Issues Systems Changes, Guidance for RHC/FQHC Billing of Hospice Attending Physician Services

Earlier this year, Congress authorized Rural Health Centers (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to bill Medicare for hospice attending physician services provided by a physician nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) who is employed by the facility and is the patient’s designated attending physician. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has…

Proposed Physician Payment Rule Addresses Attending Physician Services Provided by RHCs, FQHCs

–CMS Proposes Part D EPCS Exceptions that Exclude Hospice Waiver The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued its proposed CY2022 physician payment rule  and, as is frequently the case, the rule addresses some issues relevant to hospice care (as well as other matters).  This article will discuss two hospice issues: Proposed implementing…

Survey Reforms & Other Significant Changes for Hospice

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 was passed at the end of December 2020, contains numerous provisions applicable to all provider types and some that are hospice-specific. (See this NAHC Report for earlier news & analysis on the subject.) Below is a detailed summary of the hospice-specific provisions in date order, as appropriate, and any additional information…

New Guidance and Waivers for Home Health, Rural Health and More

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance for home heath care providers and waivers for Rural Health Clinics ( RHC)s and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)  that have a direct impact on home health care providers.. On April 14, CMS issued several waivers for RHCs and FQHCs. One of the…