CMS Part D and Hospice Election Data Pilot Set to Begin

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a pilot study to test hospice electronic medical records (EMR) vendors and Medicare Part D plans to determine if hospice election information can be transmitted in a more timely fashion from hospice providers through their EMR vendor and an intermediary directly to the patient’s Part D…

Hospice Groups Outline Priorities for Possible New COVID-19 Legislation

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a group of hospice organizations have sent a letter to Congress highlighting the need for further health care reform to allow hospice and palliative care to serve their patients while stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Over the last several weeks, Congress has…

11th Circuit Rules in Closely Watched Hospice False Claims Act Case

Conflict in Clinical Judgment on Terminal Illness Does Not Constitute False Claim Recently the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued findings in a closely-watched whistleblower case from Alabama (United States of America versus AseraCare, Inc.) initially brought in 2008 that was vigorously pursued by the Department of Justice under the federal…

NAHC/NHPCO Submit Joint Statement on Drug Disposal Provisions of Senate HELP Bill

–Committee Takes Testimony, Announces Plans to “Mark Up” Opioid Legislation Efforts to move federal legislation to address the opioid crisis picked up speed Wednesday with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) taking testimony from experts in the field of substance abuse disorder and announcing its plans to hold a markup on April…

Can’t-Miss Webinar on Avoiding Fraud and Abuse in Home Care and Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) are teaming up to present a webinar you won’t want to miss – Fraud and Abuse in Home Care and Hospice: Understanding Risk Areas; Preparing for Review. The webinar will run from 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET…