Category: Hospice

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 […]

2017 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Files Available

The 2017 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code updates, including a complete list of code titles, are available on the 2017 ICD-10-CM and GEMs and 2017 ICD-10-PCS and GEMs webpages. The posted files contain the complete versions of both ICD-10-CM (diagnoses) and ICD-10-PCS (procedures). 2017 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) will be posted in August 2016 Official Coding […]

MedPAC releases its June 2016 Report to Congress

On June 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) releases its June 2016 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. The report examines a variety of Medicare payment system issues, including: Medicare drug spending in its broader context Medicare Part B drug and oncology payment policy issues Improving the Medicare Part […]

Coming Soon: Improved CMS HIPAA Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon launch a series of updates for the HIPAA Administrative Simplification category of the CMS website. The updated pages will feature streamlined content and easier navigation. Please note that the new website will launch with a new URL, so you will need to update any bookmarks that you […]

Learn how to track and improve your ICD-10 progress

To help you improve your use of ICD-10 codes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers the Next Steps Toolkit. The toolkit can help you: Identify key metrics to track for accurate ICD-10 assessment Manage your revenue cycle Use these steps to analyze your ICD-10 progress: Assess Your Progress Establish a point of […]

CMS releases the next version of Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Support and Alignment Networks

Americans deserve a health care system that delivers the right care, at the right time, and at a cost that is reasonable and easy to understand. Such a system will result in fewer unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions, fewer healthcare-associated infections, reduced patient harm, and will show continuous improvement in quality of care and cost […]

Medicare Makes Enhancements to the Shared Savings Program to Strengthen Incentives for Quality Care

On June 7th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule improving how Medicare pays Accountable Care Organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for delivering better patient care. Medicare is moving away from paying for each service a physician provides towards a system that rewards physicians for coordinating with each […]

Dementia-friendly community movement gaining momentum

The aim of the dementia-friendly community movement is to support dementia residents in living a more independent, less-stigmatized, lifestyle. In such a community, all sectors of the community are prepared and equipped to support people living with dementia and their care partners, Dementia Friendly America (DFA). The DF movement relies on collaboration of many community partners, […]