CMS Re-Specifies Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has re-specified the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII) measure. The re-specified measure, Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL), and was announced by CMS via the report Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent: Measure Validity Testing Summary and Re-Specifications (posted in September, 2020). HVLDL is a…

CMS Open Door Forum: Updates to Home Health Quality Reporting Program & More

On April13, 2021 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held the Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum. The majority of information shared with the participants pertained to hospice providers. However, several issues impacting home health agencies were also discussed. Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) CMS announce that five…

CMS Open Door Forum: Hospice Proposed Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum (ODF) topic of interest for hospices on April 13, 2021 was the FY2022 hospice proposed rule. NAHC provided a summary of the rule shortly after it was released and if you have not read it, we urge you to do so. The rule provides…

RESCHEDULED! Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is April 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has scheduled its next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum for Thursday, April 13, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM ET. Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. This call will be Conference Call Only. Open Door Participation Instructions: To participate by…

Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is April 8

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has scheduled its next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum for Thursday, April 8, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM ET. Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. This call will be Conference Call Only. Open Door Participation Instructions: To participate by…

CMS Open Door Forum Addresses HIT, Home Health CAHPS and Claims Processing Issues

The January 26, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Open Door Forum addressed several issues of interest to home health providers. A summary of the issues pertaining to home health are below. (Matters of interest for hospice providers were covered earlier this week…

CMS Open Door Forum Updates Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on November 4 where CMS reviewed information and resources it has recently released.  A summary is below. HOME HEALTH CMS provided a high level overview of the provisions of the CY2021 Home Health…

Hospice PEPPER Available & Key CMS Updates for Hospice & Home Care in New Open Door Forum

Hospice PEPPER Available The Hospice PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report) is now available. PEPPER is a data report that contains a single hospice’s claims data statistics (obtained from the UB-04 claims submitted to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC)) for areas targeted by CMS as being at risk for improper Medicare payment. Each…

Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is July 29

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2020 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare Moderator – Jill Darling (OC)…

New CMS Open Door Forum: Focus on PDGM, Quality Reporting Program, CAHPS, and More

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold an Open Door Forum to address your home health and hospice questions on PDGM, the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP), CAHPS for both home health and hospice, and much more. This Open Door Forum will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 2:00…