Changes to emergency preparedness requirements are now in effect, and several of those changes apply to both home health and hospice. A final rule designed to reduce burden took effect Nov. 29, 2019, and includes the following changes to emergency preparedness requirements: Removed a requirement to document efforts to contact local, tribal, regional, state and […]
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends giving CMS the authority to “enforce remedies” for hospices that fail to meet federal health and safety requirements, according to a November report. The study found that in 2017, 472 hospice providers discharged at least 50% of beneficiaries before death. And 83 providers didn’t have hospice staff visit beneficiaries within the […]
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 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.
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 […]
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 […]
Providers have until Oct. 19, 2019, to review their most recent Hospice Item Set (HIS) and hospice CAHPS results. Preview reports include HIS quality measure results from quarter 4, 2017 to quarter 3, 2018 and facility-level hospice CAHPS survey results from quarter 4, 2016 to quarter 3, 2018. The results will be publicly reported in the November 2019 […]
The long-awaited final discharge planning rule, released today, appears to offer some good news for home health agencies. And simultaneously CMS clarifies in a separate rule that pseudo-patients are OK to be used for home health aide competency testing, an issue there has been a lot of questions about. CMS states in the rule that […]
We are seeking speakers to present at the 2020 National Provider Enrollment Forum, to be held April 19-22 in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Click here to view and complete the speaker application. Presenters must complete the application prior to the September 30 deadline. Accepted speakers and co-speakers receive free admission to […]
Nominations are due September 30 for a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to provide input on a hospice assessment instrument and corresponding set of quality measures in support of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. For more information, visit the TEP webpage.