Please take this Quick Medicare Administrative Contractor Satisfaction Survey

The 2019 MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI), a survey administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is now available. The MSI is designed to measure your satisfaction as a Medicare provider with the performance of your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). This survey should only take 10 minutes of your time and helps the…

Cost Report Submission Reminders & Updates for Home Health and Hospice Providers

The largest proportion of home health and hospice agencies utilize a calendar year fiscal year and are required by Medicare to submit their cost report by May 31. This article provides reminders of various changes that may impact the cost reporting process for these organizations. Electronic Cost Report Submission/CMS Webinar Starting last year, the Centers…

Hospices: Is Your Cap Report Good to Go?

As referenced previously, Medicare-participating hospice programs have until Thursday, February 28, 2019, to calculate and transmit their 2018 Aggregate Cap report to their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), along with any Cap liability (if one exists).  If the MAC does not receive the hospice’s completed report by the due date of February 28, 2019, the MAC…

Hospice Supplemental Medical Review Contractor Activity

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)’ Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC), Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC, has posted a current hospice project – General Inpatient Hospice.   CMS contracted with Noridian on February 13, 2018 to help lower improper payment rates and increase efficiencies of Medicare and Medicaid medical review. The SMRC conducts medical review of…

Hospices Have Limited Time to Submit Aggregate Cap Report

The hospice self-determined aggregate cap reports and any overpayments are due February 28, 2019.  Hospices have been completing their own cap reports and submitting them to their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) since the 2014 cap year. If the MAC does not receive the hospice’s completed report by the due date of February 28, 2019, the…

CMS Expands Demonstration Program That Waives HHA Moratoria

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a revision of an existing demonstration program that authorizes a waiver of the moratoria on new home health agencies (HHAs) under limited circumstances. The revised demonstration permits an applicant for Medicare participations as an HHA to be enrolled in Medicare to provide services in a moratoria-designated…