Category: Hospice

CMS adds some Physician Assistants to allowed drug order sources for hospices

Hospices will now be permitted to accept medication orders from some physician assistants, according to the CY2020 Physician Fee Schedule final rule filed on Nov. 1. Prior to this, hospices were only allowed to accept prescription orders from physicians and nurse practitioners According to the rule, in order for the hospice to be able to […]

CMS to hold home health, hospice open door forum

CMS will hold its next home health, hospice and durable medical equipment open door forum at 2 p.m. EST on Nov. 6. Topics will include the home health payment rule and the review choice demonstration as well as a home health billing update related to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). View the agenda at https://go.cms.gov/1TlLRb4.

House passes hospice education and training act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) on Oct. 28. The bill has since been received by the Senate and referred to the committee on health, education, labor and pensions. Designed to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, the bill would create fellowships […]

Hospice period dates not calculating correctly through Common Working File

Some hospice period dates have not been calculating correctly through the Common Working File (CWF), according to Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Palmetto GBA. Period three and later should be no more than 60 days from the start through termination dates. Palmetto found that third or later periods have more than 60 days calculated in the […]

Pain Management: CDC Conversation Starters for Patients and Their Doctors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released four new fact sheets that encourage patients and doctors to discuss pain management options and the potential risks of opioid medication. Information includes: What patients can expect if they are taking opioids Guidance on safer use Prompts for a doctor-patient discussion of treatment goals and plans […]

CMS releases latest Hospice Compare data, providers continue to see improvement

In the August refresh of Hospice Compare, providers nationwide scored 86.4% on the “Hospice and palliative care composite process measure.” By comparison, hospices scored 85.3% in May 2019. They scored 83.6% on the composite measure when it initially appeared on Hospice Compare as part of the website’s quarterly refresh in November 2018. The measure shows […]

Reminder: Updated hospice payment rates, wage index to take effect Oct. 1

Payment rates for hospice care, the hospice cap amount, and the hospice wage index updates finalized in the 2020 hospice payment rule will take effect Oct. 1, and CMS has released a transmittal and MLN matters article on the changes. CMS finalized rate increases for continuous home care, general inpatient care and inpatient respite care. […]

CMS posts webinar on Primary Care First Seriously Ill Population Model

CMS has set out to provide further information regarding the Primary Care First (PCF) Seriously Ill Population (SIP) model option with a two-part webinar series, hosted by the PCF Model Options Team. The model “encourages advanced primary care practices, including providers whose clinicians are enrolled in Medicare who typically provide hospice or palliative care services,” […]

OIG recommends changes for home health, hospice, personal care services to reduce fraud

In a July report, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) revisited its top 25 unimplemented recommendations for reducing fraud, waste and abuse. Several of the recommendations involve home health, hospice or personal care services. The OIG recommends the implementation of a statutory mandate requiring surety bonds for home health […]