CAHPS Hospice Preview Reports Delayed

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the latest Provider Preview Reports. However, the Hospice CAHPS Provider Preview Reports for the May 2024 refresh (Hospice CAHPS Survey data from Q3 2021 – Q2 2023) are delayed by 2 weeks and will be available on 2/28/2024. The 30-day preview period for CAHPS data […]

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Summary of CMS Open Door Forum: Hospice

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Hospice Provider Enrollment Changes The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials reviewed hospice provider enrollment requirements that revised the definition of managing employee to include hospice administrator and hospice Medical Director.  The announcement generated several questions from hospice providers. CMS officials clarified that an individual that manages the day-to-day operations of the facility […]

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Hospice Reminder:  The Deadline for Self-reporting of Your Aggregate Cap  is February 29

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Hospice providers are required to self-calculate and submit their Aggregate Cap Report for the 2023 Cap year no later than February 29, 2024. Failure to file the self-determined cap report with your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) timely may result in payment suspension. If you have a Cap-related liability, you are required to submit payment at the time you submit your […]

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Care Compare Quarterly Refresh for February 2024

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The February 2024 quarterly refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare. For additional information, please see the FY2024 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule at https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center. Please visit the Hospice Background and Announcements webpage to review the Claims-Based Measures Questions and Answers downloadable (PDF) for more information on the Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update

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Providers can now access the latest Provider Preview Reports via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) application. Once released in CASPER, providers will have 30 days during which to review their quality measure results. Although the actual “preview period” is 30 days, the reports will continue to be available for another 30 days, or […]

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Next CMS Open Door Forum is Thursday

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The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2024, PM at 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please log on at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS Co-Chair- Kelly […]

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Hospices: Report All Managing Employees

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified that hospice medical directors and administrators are always considered managing employees for Medicare provider enrollment purposes. You must report all current managing employees. If you haven’t reported a medical director or administrator, report them now. See the Medicare Program Integrity Manual: CY 2024 Home Health Prospective Payment System […]

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Hospice Item Set Manual Update

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The Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual has been updated to remove COVID-19 public health emergency references, revise the Annual Payment Update (APU) penalty to reflect the current four percent (4%), revise the terminology related to the Consensus Based Entity (CBE) and make some date changes.  A Change Table outlining all the revisions is available here. […]

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Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure Fact Sheet

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a Fact Sheet for the Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Quality measure. The document provides clarification on the measure and guidance on how to calculate the Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure for your hospice as well as FAQs for the measure.  The Comprehensive Assessment quality measure captures whether seven key […]

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Hospice Audit Survey Results

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Last fall, NAHC conducted a Hospice Audit Survey to collect feedback in response to concerns about the auditing and adjudication processes of Medicare hospice benefit claims. We did this in conjunction with other national associations – NHPCO, Leading Age, and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI). You may see the survey results by […]

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