CMS Issues Guidance on Determining Hospice Beneficiary Enrollment in MA VBID Hospice Model for CY2022

CMS Orders Systems Changes to Identify Hospice Patients in the Model In calendar year 2022 (CY2022), the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-based Insurance Model (VBID) Hospice Component demonstration model – under which the hospice benefit is included as part of the MA benefit package — will enter its second year of operation and it is believed he…

CMS Issues Systems Changes, Guidance for RHC/FQHC Billing of Hospice Attending Physician Services

Earlier this year, Congress authorized Rural Health Centers (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to bill Medicare for hospice attending physician services provided by a physician nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) who is employed by the facility and is the patient’s designated attending physician. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has…

2021 CAHPS Hospice Survey Training Registration Now Open

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will offer Introduction to the CAHPS Hospice Survey the week of September 20, 2021 and CAHPS Hospice Survey Update Training on September 30, 2021. These training sessions are intended for hospices, survey vendors that participate in the CAHPS Hospice Survey, as well as other interested individuals and organizations. Please…

New NAHC Webinar: What the 2022 Hospice Final Rule Means for Payment & Quality

Wednesday, August 11, 2011 12:30PM to 1:30PM Eastern Register The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar, FY2022 Hospice Final Rule: What’s in Store for Hospice Payment and Quality Measures. The FY2022 final Hospice payment and quality reporting program update final rule was released on July 29.  While…

New NAHC Webinar: CMS Plans Sweeping Survey Reforms & Implications for Hospice Providers

Register Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Sponsored by Homecare Homebase In mid-2019, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued reports that raised considerable concerns in Congress, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and among hospice stakeholders. While the OIG’s findings indicated that a relatively small percentage of…

New NAHC Webinar: CMS Plans Sweeping Survey Reforms & Implications for Hospice Providers

Register Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Sponsored by Homecare Homebase In mid-2019, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued reports that raised considerable concerns in Congress, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and among hospice stakeholders. While the OIG’s findings indicated that a relatively…

CMS Updates Hospice Medicare Cost Report Form 1984-14 Instructions

Special thanks to Dave Macke, CHFP, FHFMA, Director of Healthcare Reimbursement Services at VonLehman CPA and Advisory Firm, for contributing this article  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued Transmittal 4 for the Hospice Medicare Cost Report Form 1984-14 on April 30, 2021.  The effective date of the Transmittal is stated to be…

NAHC Submits Hospice, Palliative Care Recommendations for HCBS

Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services (HCBS) is, by far, the leading source of support for health care in the home for millions of individuals with disabilities and infirmities of all kinds.  This important area of health care has received notable focus in recent months, including as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better”…

CMS Encourages Hospices to Submit Notice of Election Electronically

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging hospices to submit notices of election (NOE) through electronic data interchange (EDI). One of the main advantages to hospices of filing electronically is that it reduces, and potentially eliminates problems with NOEs that result from keying errors during the Direct Data Entry (DDE) process.  Electronically…

HQRP Webinar: Understanding the Composite Quality Measure Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET to provide a general overview of the Hospice Quality Composite Measure and how it differs from individual quality measures. Specific topics include: What is a Composite Measure? Current HQRP Composite Measure.…