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.
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 […]
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. […]