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.
The comment period for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) proposed rule that
would establish national emergency preparedness requirements
for providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaidhas been extended to March 31, 2014.
There are a number of important changes that will go into effect in 2014 for hospice providers, including changes to claims processing, general inpatient care, the move to the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System, the reporting of data using the Hospice Item Set, the ICD-10 conversion and clarification on coding the primary diagnosis that is the basis of a beneficiary's eligibility for hospice services.
On December 24, the Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS) Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) issued a
memorandum to Medicare Appellants regarding requests for
Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearings for Medicare Claim and
Hospice workers fare better than other categories of home health workers and are less likely to leave their jobs, according to a new paper in the Home Health Care Services Quarterly. Robyn Stone and Natasha Bryant of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research were among the paper's authors.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum on October 30 entitled “Clarification of Recovery of Part D Payment for Pain Medications for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice." The guidance augments the prior CPI guidance by outlining a consistent approach to financial reimbursement requests by Part D sponsors to hospice providers.