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 Releases Treasure Trove of Crucial Home Health and Hospice Data

PAC and Hospice Utilization and Payment and the Market Saturation and Utilization The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the first annual release of the Post-Acute Care and Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use Files (herein known as “PAC PUF”) with data for 2017, and the Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool.…

How Home Health Agencies Can Succeed with Medicare Advantage

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new educational webinar in the HHFMA Webinar Series entitled “Success Under Medicare Advantage for Home Health, Part 2.” This webinar, which is free for NAHC members and only $100 for non-members, will air live from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern on Thursday,…

NAHC Submits Comments on Burden Reduction

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “Request for Information; Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork”. NAHC is always on the hunt for troublesome and unnecessary rules and regulations that come between patients and the quality care at home they…

Summary of CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health and Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on August 15, 2019.  Below is a summary of the information shared for home health and hospice providers. HOME HEALTH CY2020 PROPOSED RULE CMS reviewed the key provisions of the CY 2020 proposed…

Medicare Home Health Services Proposed Rule: RAP Phase-Out

Analysis and recommendations for home health agencies By NAHC President William A. Dombi The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed that the split payments made to home health agencies under the Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) process will end in 2021. As an interim step, no “new” HHAs will receive RAPs in…

Review Choice Demonstration to Begin in Ohio on September 30, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced today that the next state to participate in the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is Ohio and it will begin on September 30, 2019. In the same announcement, CMS also stated it anticipates 60-90 days between beginning the demonstration in the remaining states of Texas, North Carolina and…

CMS Proposes to Require a Notice of Admission

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to eliminate the advance, split percentage payments for all home health agencies (HHAs) in 2021. Therefore, agencies will no longer submit Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) beginning January 1, 2021. The RAP submission opens a home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) episode in the CMS…

Everything You Need to Know from the Latest CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health and Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held its Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum earlier this week.  It was a light agenda with much of what was presented being a summary of recent CMS news which has also been covered in NAHC Report.  Below is a summary of…