Home Health & Hospice MAC “Operation Collaboration” Summit Sessions Now Available Online

Earlier this year, the Home Health and Hospice (HHH) Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) – National Government Services (NGS), CGS and Palmetto GBA – hosted the 2021 Virtual HHH MAC Collaborative Summit titled, “Operation Collaboration: We are all in this Together”. The Summit was comprised of joint sessions that occurred on September 15 and 17, and…

Hospice MAC “Operation Collaboration” Summit Sessions Now Available Online

In mid-September, the Home Health and Hospice (HHH) Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) – National Government Services (NGS), CGS and Palmetto GBA – hosted the 2021 Virtual HHH MAC Collaborative Summit titled, “Operation Collaboration: We are all in this Together”. The Summit was comprised of joint sessions that occurred on September 15 and 17, and MAC-specific sessions that were held on September 16. The three-day event was a huge success, with more than 6,400 HHH provider attendees from every HHH jurisdiction in every state in the US. NGS is now hosting a virtual encore of the Summit video recordings for providers that were unable to attend.

NGS has posted 11 of the sessions online at the following location: HHH Summit Encore – YouTube.  The NGS webinars include joint sessions held on the first and third day of the Summit, as well as the NGS-specific sessions that were conducted on day two. These webinars will be available for viewing through November 25. Please note – two sessions are unavailable due to technical issues with the recordings.

CGS and Palmetto GBA have separately posted the sessions that they held on September 16; these sessions are available at the following locations:

The CGS sessions are available on CGS’ GoToStage at the following location:  https://www.gotostage.com/channel/j15education. This is also accessible from the Recorded Webinars icon on the Education Webpage. To access the CGS-specific Summit sessions go to Home Health and Hospice and look for the sessions identified as Summit sessions.

Palmetto GBA-specific sessions are available at the following location:  https://portal.on24.com/wcc/eh/581986/category/34041/featured (a search using “summit” will pull up the four Palmetto-specific sessions)

Hospice Reminder: Deadline for Self-reporting of Aggregate Cap is March 1

Hospice providers are required to self-calculate and submit their Aggregate Cap Report for the 2020 Cap year no later than March 1, 2021. Failure to file the self-determined cap report with your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) timely may result in payment suspension. (Note: the deadline is usually the last day of February but because February…

CMS Directs MAC Outreach to Hospices in MA VBID Demonstration Model Areas

Beginning on January 1, 2021, through the VBID Model, participating Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) can voluntarily participate in the Hospice Benefit Component of the Model, according to a November 13 transmittal (10458/CR 12045) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  During CY2021, nine plans will test coverage of Hospice as part of their…

COVID-19 Accelerated/Advance Payments Reminder — Get Ready for Repayment Withholds on Claims!

Medicare providers who qualified for accelerated and advance payments (AAP) during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) could have payments recouped in the next few weeks.  In the interest of improving cash flow for Medicare providers during the PHE, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance in late March 2020 allowing providers…

Movement to HETS as Sole Source for Eligibility Queries on Horizon

CWF: 3rd and later hospice benefit periods not calculating correctly In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken steps to transition providers away from direct queries to the Common Working File (CWF) and toward the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) as the single source for beneficiary eligibility transactions.  Earlier this…

Review Choice Demonstration to Begin in Ohio on September 30, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced today that the next state to participate in the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is Ohio and it will begin on September 30, 2019. In the same announcement, CMS also stated it anticipates 60-90 days between beginning the demonstration in the remaining states of Texas, North Carolina and…

CMS Announces Start Date for Review Choice Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted long-awaited information this morning about the next steps for its Review Choice Demonstration, which will begin in Illinois on June 1, 2019. As reported previously in NAHC Report, CMS announced its plans to modify the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration, now called Review Choice Demonstration, on May 30.…