Quality Reporting Program Tip Sheets and Training and Education Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the COVID-19 PR Tip Sheets are now available for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP). The purpose of the tip sheets is to help providers understand the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) public…

CMS Clarifies Hospice Election Statement and Election Statement Addendum

NAHC Hospice Webinar Series: Modified Hospice Election Statement and NEW Election Statement Addendum – Part I New hospice webinar series begins Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern. REGISTER NOW! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update…

Hospice Survey on Electronic Prescribing Practices – Participate Today!

Please take this quick, 2-minute survey now! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is seeking input from hospice providers on their prescribing practices to assist with comments on a recent Request for Information (RFI))  issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Following is some background on the survey, along…

Update: Post Payment Medical Review Topics

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) authorized the resumption of medical reviews to begin in August. Since the original resumption announcement, hospices and home health agencies have learned that medical reviews administered by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will be service-specific post payment reviews. NOTE: Targeted Probe & Educate (TPE)…

Interim Final Rule for Nursing Homes Impacts Hospices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim file rule with comment period (IFC) which includes pertinent regulatory revisions for long term care (LTC) facilities in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).  Specifically, facilities are required to test residents and staff — including individuals providing services under arrangement and volunteers…

MLN Hospice Fact Sheet: Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an MLN Fact Sheet, Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of Care. This is the second fact sheet CMS has released of late for hospices. The first one contains information about frequency and documentation requirements of registered nurses’ (RN) supervisory visits (see previous NAHC Report coverage…

Enhancing RN Supervision of Hospice Aide Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an MLN Fact Sheet, Enhancing RN Supervision of Hospice Aide Services. This fact sheet contains information about frequency and documentation requirements of registered nurses’ (RN) supervisory visits. Learn how often RNs should visit patients in their homes to assess hospice aide’s quality of care and…

New NAHC Webinar: Future Hospice Quality Reporting Measures

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will present a new webinar, A Discussion of Future Hospice Quality Reporting Measures, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM Eastern Time. REGISTER NOW! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering a new claims-based composite quality measure concept, the Hospice Care Index…

Register for August 5 CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum

CMS is considering a new claims-based composite measure for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. NAHC has provided input and discussed this new measure with both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Abt Associates, its contractor for this project. An upcoming webinar is a chance for hospice providers to learn more about the…

CMS Finalizes FY2021 Hospice Wage Index, Payment Rates and Election Statement/Addendum Requirements

On Friday, July 31, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final FY2021 hospice payment rule containing updates for the applicable wage index, payment rates (with a 2.4 percentage update), and cap amount. The rule incorporates, as part of the FY2021 wage index, recent Office of Management and Budget statistical area…