CMS: Changes Coming to Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) held a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) on the development of a hospice assessment tool on March 13, 2019.  The purpose was to provide an update on the status of the tool and allow hospices and other interested parties to…

CMS Special Open Door Forum on Hospice Assessment Tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) will hold a Special Open Door Forum to allow hospices and other interested parties to ask questions about the development of a Hospice Assessment Tool. The Special Open Door Forum will be on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM…

CMS to Hold Open Door Forum on the New Medicare Cards

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold an Open Door Forum to discuss the new Medicare cards on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. As loyal NAHC Report readers know well by now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began issuing a new Medicare Card in April,…

Summary of CMS Forum on PDGM, RCD & Much More

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum (ODF) yesterday afternoon.  Topics included Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) Review Choice Demonstration Home Health Quality Reporting Program Home Health CAHPS Survey Hospice Quality Reporting Program Hospice CAHPS Survey Change Request (CR) 11049 A summary of the…

CMS to Host New Open Door Forum for PDGM, Home Health and Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host an Open Door Forum on home health, hospice, and durable medical equipment on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) are two critical topics that will be covered…

CMS to Host Open Door Forum on Review Choice Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a Special Open Door Forum on the Review Choice Demonstration on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern time. This Special Open Door Forum will be conference call only. Please dial in 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.…

Open Door Forum Features Critical Info on Final Rule, Prior Authorization, Home Health CAHPS and Much More

CMS held a home health, hospice, and DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on November 14.  A summary of the home health portion of the ODF is below. Home Health CAHPS CMS reminded all home health agencies (HHAs) that they are responsible for ensuring their CAHPS data is submitted as required by their vendor.  HHAs can…

Recent Hospice Quality Updates and Open Door Forum Summary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a significant number of updates related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (Hospice QRP) in recent days.  Additionally, information for Hospice providers presented on the November 14, 2018, Open Door Forum (ODF) focused exclusively on the Hospice QRP.   This NAHC Report article contains a listing of…

New CMS Open Door Forum on Final Rule, CAHPS, Review Choice Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time, with the focus on the CY 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule, home health and hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers…

Learn How to Use the New Medicare Cost Report e-Filing System

On May 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the new Medicare Cost Report e-Filing (MCReF) system; over 2,000 cost reports were submitted through the system in the first month. For FYs ending on or after December 31, 2017, you can electronically submit your cost report package to your Medicare Administrative Contractor through…