Category: Hospice

Physicians and health care providers continue to improve quality of care, lower costs

Affordable Care Act Accountable Care Organization initiatives put patients at the center of their care while generating more than $1.29 billion in total Medicare savings since 2012. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 25, 2016, the 2015 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable […]

MDS Central is changing…. To your Post Acute Advisor

MDS Central is changing…. To your Post Acute Advisor. We are now going to cover the news and regulations across the entire post acute care continuum, including: Long-term care Home health Inpatient rehabilitation Hospice Assisted living Post Acute Advisor is your place to ask questions, get the latest post acute care news, and find resources […]

IMPACT Act Standardized Assessment Data: Comments due August 26

Public comments are due August 26 on standardized assessment-based data items developed under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) to meet the domains of: cognitive function and mental status; special services, treatments, and interventions; medical conditions and co-morbidities; and impairments. CMS seeks comments on: Potential for improving quality Utility for […]

CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities

Updates to the Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities are available. Many resources remain to help providers with ICD-10 questions. Please refer to the CMS ICD-10 webpage for informational resources. A step-by-step resource list is also available to help you quickly locate important […]

Digital Standards and Operating Rules adopted by HHS under HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required HHS to establish digital standards for business-related tasks like submitting claims and getting paid. The goal is to reduce paperwork and streamline business processes across the health care system. Standards allow information to be shared digitally in consistent ways. With common standards for content […]

Affordable Care Act payment model continues to improve care, lower costs

On August 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new analysis demonstrating that the Independence at Home Demonstration continues to provide high quality primary care services for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries in the home setting while saving the Medicare program money. The Independence at Home Demonstration is a patient-centered model that […]

Medicare announces participants in effort to improve access, quality of care in rural areas

On August 4th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the participants in the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration, an effort to increase access to care for Medicare beneficiaries in areas of the country where access to health services can be limited because of distance from providers. Ten critical access hospitals […]

Modifications to HCPCS Code Set

The scheduled release of modifications to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code set are available on the HCPCS Quarterly Update web page. Changes are effective on the dates indicated on the update. Keep Up to Date on ICD-10! Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and official resources, including the Next […]