Information on hospice, including memos and rules from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), information on the Conditions of Participation (CoPs), information from MedPAC, and legislative, funding, and regulatory updates.
There were so many choices for all home and community-based providers at the LeadingAge Annual Conference in Dallas. Here are descriptions and presentations for a few of the sessions on home health, hospice, PACE, non-medical homecare, and other community services.
A Hospice Item Set (HIS) fact sheet is now available for providers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Hospice Item Set
(HIS) is required to be completed at admission and discharge on all
patients admitted to hospice starting July 1, 2014.
The U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and Office of National
Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released model Notices
of Privacy Practices that health care providers and health plans can use to
communicate with their patients and plan members. The notices are compliant with
changes to the HIPAA privacy rule affected by the so-called HIPAA Omnibus Rule
in January of 2013.
The Office of the Investigator General (OIG) released a follow-up report showing that over the past 6 years, the frequency of hospice recertification surveys continues to be poor. LeadingAge has recommended to Congress that it address the need for more frequent recertification surveys for hospice providers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to update the Medicare hospice wage index and Medicare hospice payment rates for fiscal year (FY) 2014. LeadingAge had submitted comments on the proposed rule published in the May 10 Federal Register that updates the fiscal year 2014 Medicare payment rates and wage index for hospice.