New NAHC Webinar: CMS Plans Sweeping Survey Reforms & Implications for Hospice Providers

Register Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Sponsored by Homecare Homebase In mid-2019, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued reports that raised considerable concerns in Congress, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and among hospice stakeholders. While the OIG’s findings indicated that a relatively small percentage of…

New NAHC Webinar: CMS Plans Sweeping Survey Reforms & Implications for Hospice Providers

Register Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Sponsored by Homecare Homebase In mid-2019, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued reports that raised considerable concerns in Congress, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and among hospice stakeholders. While the OIG’s findings indicated that a relatively…

CMS Updates Hospice Medicare Cost Report Form 1984-14 Instructions

Special thanks to Dave Macke, CHFP, FHFMA, Director of Healthcare Reimbursement Services at VonLehman CPA and Advisory Firm, for contributing this article  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued Transmittal 4 for the Hospice Medicare Cost Report Form 1984-14 on April 30, 2021.  The effective date of the Transmittal is stated to be…

NAHC Submits Hospice, Palliative Care Recommendations for HCBS

Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services (HCBS) is, by far, the leading source of support for health care in the home for millions of individuals with disabilities and infirmities of all kinds.  This important area of health care has received notable focus in recent months, including as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better”…

CMS Encourages Hospices to Submit Notice of Election Electronically

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging hospices to submit notices of election (NOE) through electronic data interchange (EDI). One of the main advantages to hospices of filing electronically is that it reduces, and potentially eliminates problems with NOEs that result from keying errors during the Direct Data Entry (DDE) process.  Electronically…

HQRP Webinar: Understanding the Composite Quality Measure Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET to provide a general overview of the Hospice Quality Composite Measure and how it differs from individual quality measures. Specific topics include: What is a Composite Measure? Current HQRP Composite Measure.…

Tell Us What You Think of the FY2022 Proposed Hospice Changes

Separate Surveys Allow for Input on Proposed Quality Changes, Election Statement Addendum and CoP Proposals, and Payment/Utilization Trend The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its FY2022 proposed hospice payment rule in mid-April.  Among its items the rule proposes numerous changes for hospice quality measures, a significant change to the “labor shares” of…

New NAHC Webinar: Get the Inside Scoop on the 2021 Hospice PEPPER

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar, Get the Inside Scoop on the 2021 Hospice PEPPER, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 3:00PM to 4:00PM Eastern time. This webinar is free for NAHC members and $100 for non-memgbers. Registration is required. REGISTER NOW If you’re a hospice provider, you know the…

Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life Measure Clarified

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has re-specified the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII) measure. The re-specified measure, Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL), and was announced by CMS via the report Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent: Measure Validity Testing Summary and Re-Specifications (posted in September, 2020). HVLDL is a…

National Health Care Decisions Day

“On National Health Care Decisions Day, Medicare Advance Care Planning Rates Still Remain Too Low” Falling on April 16th of every year, National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD) is an opportunity to encourage patients to express and document their wishes regarding health care and for providers and facilities to respect and honor those wishes, whatever…