Hospice Quality Reporting Program Quarterly Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the quarterly Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update for the first quarter of 2020.  This update reviews the HQRP reporting requirements and provides an update on the HOPE (Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation) instrument as well as links to HQRP information that was distributed during the…

CMS Revises the Advanced and Accelerated Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers effective immediately. An accelerated/advance payment is intended to provide necessary funds when there is a disruption in claims submission and/or…

What Has Changed for Home Health During the Public Health Emergency? NAHC has the Answers

On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule with comment (IFC) that  provides relief from regulations governing health care provider operations in response to the COVID -19 pandemic. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) conducted a national webcast presenting the regulatory waivers that had…

CMS Acts to Support Victims of Hurricane Dorian

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced efforts underway to support Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in response to Hurricane Dorian. On August 30, Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency (PHE) in Florida. On September 2, Secretary Azar did the same for Georgia and South Carolina. CMS…