Open Door Forum Summary: Updates on iQIES Transition Update and Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on January 8, 2020.  A summary is provided below, beginning with home health and followed by hospice. HOME HEALTH iQIES Transition CMS indicated in the ODF that it is aware of several issues with the iQIES…

CMS Updates Review Choice Demonstration FAQs to Address PDGM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the Operational Guide for the Review Choice Demonstration(RCD)to include additional information on how the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will affect the demonstration. CMS updated the Operational Guide in early December  to include instructions for submitting documentation relate to PDGM,…

The Year in Review: Home Health and Hospice in Congress in 2019

Congress Actively Pursued Key Home Health and Hospice Concerns NAHC scored some big victories for patients and providers While 2019 was frequently marked by intense partisan wrangling in Congress, a year-end review by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) shows that elected officials still found time to pursue a number of issues…

Important Information for all HHA in Review Choice Demonstration under PDGM

For those home health agencies that are part of the Review Choice Demonstration and have selected the Pre-claim Review (PCR) option, the long awaited CMS update confirming that HHAs will need to submit a PCR for each 30-day billing period has been posted.  CMS updated the RCD Operational Guide, Chapter 6, with the following: For…

CMS Webinar and Open Door Forums on Key Topics this Week

How to Submit Medicare Part A Cost Reports Electronically on Tuesday Open Door Forum on Review Choice Demonstration, Quality Updates, CAHPS & More on Wednesday Submitting Your Medicare Part A Cost Report Electronically The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Medicare Learning Network will present a new webinar, Submitting Your Medicare Part…

Implementation of Review Choice Demonstration Delayed

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for months to delay implementation of the Review Choice Demonstration, as it is our view that to implement RCD in December 2019 in Texas and then the Patient Driven Groupings Model only weeks later, would…

CMS Announces Expansion of Review Choice Demonstration to More States

Texas starts in December, North Carolina and Florida in 2020 Updated to include a statement from NAHC President William A. Dombi The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced today that the next state to participate in the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is Texas and it will begin on December 2, 2019. In the same…

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…

Review Choice Demonstration – May 16 Deadline and Project Update

As NAHC Report has previously reported, Illinois home health agencies have until this Thursday, May 16, 2019 to make their Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) choices. Providers must be enrolled in Palmetto GBA’s eServices in order to make their selection. HHAs that do not make a choice selection by May 16, 2019 will be automatically placed…