New NAHC Webinar: COVID-19 Response for Hospice Inpatient Units

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new webinar, How Hospice Inpatient Units are Preparing and Responding to the Threat of COVID-19:  A Community Conversation, on Friday, March 27 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. This webinar is free to all, but registration is required. REGISTER NOW! Hospices are facing tremendous challenges…

National Hospice Groups Seek Relief from Congress to Address COVID-19 Concerns

On Tuesday, March 17, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and other national hospice organizations wrote to key members of Congress urging action to address a wide range of concerns that hospice providers are experiencing in the wake of spread of the COVID-19 virus. While Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

CMS Issues Revised COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Homes with Clearer Exception for Hospice Workers

NAHC advocacy wins key revision for hospice care The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised a memo issued last week to allow hospice workers to access facilities to provide care to patients. Last week NAHC reported on memos released by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Safety and Oversight Group…

CMS Announces Hospice MA-VBID Model Webinar Series

In January 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to test inclusion of the Medicare hospice benefit under the Medicare Advantage (MA) benefit package through its ongoing Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) MA demonstration program.  Additional details around the model were released in late December as part of CMS’ Request for Applications…

CMS Updates State Operations Manual Appendices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the appendices of the State Operations Manual (SOM) to include regulatory revisions based on recent federal regulation changes that are part of the Omnibus Burden Reduction (CMS-3346-F; CMS-3334-F; CMS-3295-F; CMS3277-CN).  See previous NAHC coverage here  for a summary of the provisions of this rule. The SOM…

CMS Revises Safeguards for Medicare Patients in Hospice Care Fact Sheet

NAHC advocacy is a win for hospice As reported at the beginning of February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a MLN Hospice Fact Sheet, Safeguards for Medicare Patients in Hospice Care, and NAHC communicated with CMS regarding our concerns about some of the fact sheet’s contents. Specifically, a reference to the…

UPDATE: Webinar for those Interested in Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation Field Test

On February 25, NAHC Report notified readers of the HOPE (Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation) webinar scheduled for March 5. The webinar posting caused some confusion for hospices about exactly what the webinar would cover and the status of applications for alpha testing of the HOPE. NAHC reached out to Abt Associates about the this and received the following clarification: The…

CMS Open Door Forum: Updates on BFCC-QIO Appeals Delays, Hospice Quality Reminders

On February 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held its monthly Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum (ODF). What follows is a summary of updates related to hospice and Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations. SPECIAL UPDATE on BFCC-QIO Appeals/Case Processing Delays: Representatives of the Division of Beneficiary Review…

Webinar for those Interested in Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation Field Test

Abt Associates is currently recruiting hospice providers to participate in a field test (called an alpha test) of the new hospice patient assessment instrument, the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Abt Associates is presenting a webinar for interested hospice providers to learn more about what the alpha test will entail. The webinar will take…

House Panel Approves Hospice Survey Reform Legislation

On Wednesday, February 12, the House Ways & Means Committee gave formal consideration – and approval – to legislation introduced on February 10 designed to address concerns highlighted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) during 2019. (See previous NAHC Report for more.) The Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments Act (HOSPICE Act…