CMS Plans 2021 Pilot Test of Shorter, Refined Hospice CAHPS Survey

Since implementation of the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey in 2015, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and other hospice stakeholders have submitted recommendations for improvements to the survey, including suggestions that the survey be shortened and that certain questions be modified to eliminate the potential for…

NGS Collaborative Medicare Summit goes Virtual, Expands to Include Hospice, Home Health, and Parts A, B Education

Medicare Part A, Part B and Home Health & Hospice providers and vendors from all Jurisdictions are invited to join the National Government Services Collaborative 2020 Virtual Part A/B, Home Health & Hospice Medicare Summit, scheduled for September 22 – 24. Registration is now open for this FREE live educational webinar event that will host 30 subject matter…

NAHC Conveys Hospice Concerns to National Nursing Home Commission

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the independent National Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (the Commission) to ensure that residents of nursing homes have access to hospice care, whether in the form of safe, in-person visits or by telehealth communication. In response to the ongoing and widespread…

New NAHC Webinar: FY2021 Proposed Hospice Payment Rule & Update on Hospice COVID-19 Flexibilities

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar to inform viewers about the recently-released FY2021 Proposed Hospice Payment Rule and provide an update on new hospice flexibilities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar, the FY2021 Proposed Hospice Payment Rule and Update on Hospice COVID-19 Flexibilities, will air live…

CMS Plans Complete Redesign of Compare Websites for Home Health, Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to launch a new Medicare Care Compare on Medicare.gov to combine and standardize the eight existing Compare tools, including those for home health and hospice, according to a blog post today from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. The new Compare tool, which CMS plans to launch in…

Study: More Choosing to Die at Home than in Hospital

For the first time since the early 20th century, more people are choosing to spend their final days and hours at home rather than in a hospital, according to a new research letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Natural deaths in hospitals fell from 39.7 percent to 29.8 percent, while deaths at…

New NAHC Webinar on 2020 Hospice Payment Rule is Must-See for Hospice Operators

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will broadcast a new free webinar on the final FY2020 Hospice Payment Rule and its implications for hospice practice on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern. REGISTER NOW! The FY2020 hospice payment rule issued in late April proposed several policy changes that have the…

New NAHC Webinar on 2020 Hospice Payment Rule is Must-See for Hospice Operators

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will broadcast a new free webinar on the final FY2020 Hospice Payment Rule and its implications for hospice practice on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern. REGISTER NOW! The FY2020 hospice payment rule issued in late April proposed several policy changes that have…

Education at Day 2 of the NAHC Conference Provides Insight Everyone in Home Health and Hospice Needs

A major reason why so many industry professionals came to the 2018 Home Health and Hospice Conference and Expo in Grapevine, Texas is the world class education that can be found nowhere else. Home Health Updates from Your MAC, CGS addressed recent and future changes in Medicare that have or will impact processing and payment…

Washington Update Focuses on Need for Member Advocacy

The first General Session of the 2018 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo in Grapevine, Texas opened with NAHC’s famous Washington Update, the policy-rich briefing from William A. Dombi, NAHC President, and the policy staff.  Dombi and staff discussed the major issues of 2018 and what the industry should look for in 2019, including:…