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…

CMS Open Door Forum: Hospice Proposed Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum (ODF) topic of interest for hospices on April 13, 2021 was the FY2022 hospice proposed rule. NAHC provided a summary of the rule shortly after it was released and if you have not read it, we urge you to do so. The rule provides…

New CMS Webinar: What You Need to Know About Changes in the Hospice Item Set Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of this training is to provide a general overview of the changes included in the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00. Specific topics include: The Hospice Quality Reporting Program…

Hospice Expert Davis Baird Joins NAHC Advocacy

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is proud to announce the addition of Davis Baird, the new Director of Government Affairs for Hospice. Davis comes to us from the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, where he was the Policy and Advocacy Manager. Prior to that, he worked at the National Association 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…

MedPAC calls for 20 Percent Cut to Hospice Aggregate Cap

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has recommended to Congress that Medicare base payment rates for hospice for Fiscal Year 2022 remain at current levels and to cut the hospice aggregate cap by 20 percent. In addition, MedPAC recommended that the aggregate cap be wage adjusted. MedPAC’s chapter on hospice services explores the latest data…

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…