Abuse & Neglect in the Medicare Population: A Recent OIG Report

Editor’s Note:  Special thanks go to Bill Musick, President of Integriti3D, for his contribution of this article.  Integriti3D helps hospice chief executives and boards of directors reach their highest potential through strategic planning, board development and creating a culture of integrity, fairness and respect. While not specifically focused on home health or hospice, the OIG’s…

OIG Releases Two Reports Targeting Hospice Survey Deficiencies and Quality of Care

Earlier this week the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued two reports representing in-depth study of findings from Medicare hospice recertification and complaint surveys. One report, Hospice Deficiencies Pose Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries, provides broad findings on frequencies of deficiencies and recommends greater public access to survey findings as well as increased CMS-sponsored…

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…

CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health, Hospice, DME

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold an Open Door Forum on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss the latest developments in home health, hospice, and durable medical equipment. Please call in at least 15 minutes before the start of the ODF. The agenda…

Please Help Support Rural Access to Hospice

GO HERE to send a quick message of support The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the Forum of State Associations and the Hospice Advocacy Collaborative — a group that includes various hospice groups including trade associations and advocates – have written joint letters to Congress in support of the Rural Access to…

NAHC Announces 2019 National Backyard Advocacy Bash July 1-2, 2019

On July 1st-2nd,  your elected officials will be in their local home offices, right in your own backyard, for the congressional recess, and we want you to drop by and show your support for home-based care and services for the first ever NAHC Annual Backyard Advocacy Bash! Advocacy starts at home with you, your staff,…

MedPAC Supports Hospice Rebasing, Election/Addendum Requirements in FY2020 Proposed Rule

While the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) serves principally as an advisory body to the Congress, its role in oversight of Medicare payment policy means that it maintains an interest in annual payment and policy rules issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  MedPAC recently weighed in on the proposed fiscal year…

NAHC Addresses Rebasing, Addendum Proposals as Part of Hospice FY2020 Payment Rule Comments

On June 18, 2019, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted extensive comments in response to “Medicare Program; FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.”  As part of the rule the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policy changes with significant financial and…

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results…