Category: Hospice

New supplemental contractor to examine general inpatient hospice care

Source: Home Health Line Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC — CMS’ new Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) — has announced it is conducting post-payment reviews of claims for general inpatient (GIP) hospice care. Noridian’s review is for care billed on dates of service from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. Note that when StrategicHealthSolutions was […]

Feds increase fines for bloodborne pathogens, other workplace hazards

Source: Home Health Line Fines for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have been adjusted for inflation. A pre-publication version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties was posted Jan. 15. Fines that fall in the categories of serious and other-than-serious and posting requirements will go up from […]

CMS posts educational materials for patients about opioids

This year, CMS announced strategies to help Medicare Part D sponsors prevent and combat opioid overuse, including the Improving Drug Utilization Review Controls in Part D website contains information about the Medicare Part D opioid overutilization policies including: Drug Management Programs, codified in the 2019 Parts C & D Final Rule. As required by […]

Hospice provider preview reports are now available

Source: Home Health Line. Hospice CAHPS survey reports provider preview reports and hospice provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two reports are available in hospices’ CASPER non-validation reports folders. Providers have through Jan. 9, 2019, to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) and CAHPS survey results.

CMS extends its staffing exemption for hospices through 2020

Source: Home Health Line Hospices battling the ongoing nursing shortage have two additional years to use contract nurses due to “extraordinary circumstances,” CMS has announced. “This designation enables those hospice agencies, which are unable to provide a sufficient number of nursing staff directly to meet the needs of its patients due to the national shortage, […]

Hospice CAHPS provider preview reports now available

Source: Home Health Line Hospice CAHPS “Public Report Provider Preview Reports” for the second quarter of 2016 through the first quarter of 2018 will be available from now through Jan. 9, 2019. The data will be publicly reported on Hospice Compare in February 2019. These reports can be accessed through Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced […]

CMS considering home health and hospice measures on transfer of care, information

Source: Home Health Line CMS recently released a list of measures under consideration for various Medicare programs, including the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) and Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). On the home health side, CMS is considering the measures “Transfer of Health Information to Provider—Post-Acute Care” and “Transfer of Health Information to Patient—Post-Acute […]

CMS to provide two-part hospice training webinar

Source: Home Health Line CMS will host a two-part webinar 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST Dec. 13 called “Updates to Public Reporting in Fiscal Year 2019: Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure and Data Correction Deadlines.” Hospices can register at The first portion of training will focus on the Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process […]

New version of HIS manual is now available

Source: Home Health Line. The new version of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) manual — V2.01 — is now available. The manual was has “refined guidance for completing the HIS based on frequently asked questions from the Hospice Quality Help Desk,” CMS notes on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program website. “Note that no updates were […]