Quality Reporting Programs, Payment Update Rules Covered by CMS Open Door Forum

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum on August 26, 2021.  A summary of the contents for home health and hospice is below. We begin with hospice. HOSPICE CMS shared some of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Policy final rule provisions.  A detailed summary…

CMS Open Door Forum Covers Home Health Payment Updates & Hospice Survey Reforms

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum (ODF) for home health, hospice and durable medical equipment (DME) providers on June 30, 2021 covered the CY2022 home health proposed rule that was released at the end of last week, and the remainder included some quality reporting and other updates for home health…

CMS to Bolster Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries

CMS to hold special ODF on at-home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries. See below for more details The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach. There are approximately 1.6 million adults…

Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life Measure Clarified

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…