Talking Points for FY 2025 Hospice Proposed Final Rule

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On Thursday, March 28, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Hospice Payment Rate Update Proposed Rule (CMS-1810-P). Based on input the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) received from its various councils and committees and from providers directly, via the listening sessions held and/or responses […]

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Tomorrow! Update on Enforcement Remedies and Alternative Sanctions

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently revised the procedures and guidance on imposing enforcement remedies for hospice and alternative sanctions for home health agencies. (See NAHC Report for more information.) The remedies/sanctions are alternatives to termination from the Medicare program for a home health agency or hospice program and include: These are new […]

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Next CMS Open Door Forum is May 22

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The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2024, PM at 2:00 PM – 3:00 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- […]

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BREAKING NEWS – Home Health Review Choice Demonstration Extended 5 Years

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Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a notice on the Home Health Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) webpage announcing that the demonstration is being extended for five years.  The demonstration was scheduled to end on May 31, 2024, and the extension is not a surprise. States currently in the demonstration – Illinois, Ohio, […]

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CMS Issue Revised OASIS E1

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On May 3, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a second draft of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) E1. The first OASIS E1 draft was issued on January 3, 2024. CMS did not provide an explanation for the OASISS E1 rerelease, but it was assumed that there were revisions […]

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Update on Enforcement Remedies and Alternative Sanctions

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently revised the procedures and guidance on imposing enforcement remedies for hospice and alternative sanctions for home health agencies. (See NAHC Report for more information.) The remedies/sanctions are alternatives to termination from the Medicare program for a home health agency or hospice program and include: These are new […]

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HHS Finalizes Non-discrimination Rules for Individuals with Disabilities 

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On May 1, 2024, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final rule: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance. The Rule strengthens protections for people with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Regulations to implement section 504 were initially issued in […]

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CMS Provides Enforcement Remedy/Alternative Sanctions Guidance for Hospice and Home Health

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released anticipated revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) that address the Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) and enforcement procedures for home health agencies and hospice programs.  The revisions, as stated in memo QSO-24-11-HHA & Hospice include guidance for State Agencies (SAs) and CMS Survey & Operations […]

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Acting on the CMS National Quality Strategy

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Quality in Motion: Acting on the CMS National Quality Strategy is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s (CMS) latest update to the 2022 National Quality Strategy, which was launched to improve the quality and safety of health care for everyone, focusing on those from underserved and under-resourced communities. In the action plan, you will learn […]

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Expanded HHVBP Model Performance Feedback Reports

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The Preliminary April 2024 Interim Performance Reports (IPRs) for the expanded HHVBP Model have been published on the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES). The quarterly IPRs provide HHAs with the cohort assignment, performance year measure data for the 12 most recent months, and interim Total Performance Score (TPS). Using the IPR, an HHA […]

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