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  1. Hospital Proposed Rule Impacts Hospice,  Home Health and SNFs

    On April 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed regulation, Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements ...

  2. First SNF Quality Reporting due May 15 – 2% of Medicare Rate At-Risk

    CMS established the QRP for SNFs and other post-acute care providers based upon the requirements of the 2014 IMPACT Act. The main objective is to begin collecting common quality and patient data across post-acute providers. The SNF QRP will evaluate SNF performance on three defined ...

  3. CMS/MACs Need to Reduce Improper Billing of Home Health

    A March 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report states that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) needs to improve their oversight of Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) in order to reduce the incidence of improper ...

  4. Lower Hospice Use for Minority Women With Ovarian Cancer

    A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that women with ovarian cancer who were black or Hispanic tended to undergo more aggressive treatment and ...

  5. Access to Home Health Differs Based on Geographic Location

    A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found the number of ZIP codes without home health care declined from 2002 through 2015, the availability of home health care increased. ...