Home Health & Hospice Providers: Quality Reporting Resumption and Letters of Noncompliance

NAHC Report wants to remind both hospice and home health providers that quality data reporting  resumed July 1, 2020. For three calendar quarters – October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided an exception for hospice and home health providers from submitting quality data due to…

Nursing Home Commission Seeks Public Input on COVID-19 Protections and Care Needs

An Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (Commission) is calling for public comments to improve care delivery during an emergency and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in nursing homes.  Hospice providers and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments, but time is limited – any submission must…

Hospice News Update: COVID Tip Sheet, 2020 CAHPS Hospice Survey

HQRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is Available The HQRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is now available. This tip sheet provides practical guidance to address hospice quality data submissions starting on July 1, 2020 now that the temporary exemptions from the COVID-19 PHE ended. Hospices are expected to resume timely quality data collection and submission of…

Take Action! Urge Congressional Delay of MA-Hospice Carve-in Demonstration

GO HERE to defend hospice right now! Easy and takes only seconds! Join NAHC’s Summer 2020 Backyard Advocacy campaign! In recent months a growing chorus of hospice organizations, Medicare Advantage (MA) stakeholders, and members of Congress have urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to delay the January 2021 launch of a planned…

CMS Directs Release of PEPPER

The annual release of the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) for all provider types was put on hold by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the beginning of the current Public Health Emergency (PHE).  The hospice PEPPER is usually released in April and the home health PEPPER is usually…

ALERT: Quality Reporting Resumes July 1, 2020

Both hospice and home health providers will resume quality data reporting July 1, 2020. For three calendar quarters – October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided an exception for hospice and home health providers from submitting quality data due to the current Public Health Emergency…

Master the Nuances of Hospice Financial Management at FMC 2020

REGISTER NOW! Hospice financial management is full of challenges, from regulatory changes to new payment models. Avoiding audits, fines, and repayments means knowing how to implement best payment practices in everything from inpatient reimbursement to managing your Medicare Aggregate Cap. Don’t just wonder if you are keeping your agency safe; learn what you need to…

CMS Provides Guidance for Hospices Serving Residents of Facilities

While there are undoubtedly new challenges that all providers have had to deal with during this Public Health Emergency (PHE), some hospices have dealt with exceptional challenges in serving residents of facilities (nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living, etc.). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided flexibilities related to telecommunications/telehealth options…

Webinar: COVID-19 Impact on Palliative Care and Hospice, Now and into the Future

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will present a new webinar in its COVID-19 Town Hall series, addressing the impact of the novel coronavirus on hospice and palliative care and what it means for the future. The webinar will air on Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Eastern. REGISTRATION IS…

CMS Issues Billing Guidance Related to Planned Test of Hospice-MA Carve-In

—Despite MA Coverage under Demonstration, Hospices Will Continue to Submit Claims to MACs As announced first in January 2019, starting in calendar year (CY) 2021 (and through CY2024) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a demonstration program under the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model to test coverage of hospice care as…