Hospice Certifying Physician Condition of Payment

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On May 1, 2024 a new hospice claims edit will be implemented. This edit, associated with the condition of payment finalized in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Hospice Wage Index final rule which requires that the hospice certifying physician(s) be enrolled in Medicare or have a valid opt-out on file, has caused quite a stir […]

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ONC’s Annual Report to Congress Identifies Lack of Post-Acute, Hospice Interoperability as among “Barriers to Progress”

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In recent weeks the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued its 2022 Report to Congress, which provides an update on the access, exchange, and use of electronic health information.  The report is an annual requirement enacted as part of the HITECH Act requiring […]

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CMS Proposes Electronic Standards for Clinical, Admin Data

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule titled Administrative Simplification: Adoption of Standards for Health Care Attachments Transactions and Electronic Signatures, and Modification to Referral Certification and Authorization Transaction Standard The rule would adopt a set of standards for the electronic exchange of clinical and administrative data to support […]

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Important Hospice Quality Reporting Reminders

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently posted the Hospice Outreach Email for June and it contains reminders and updates on the various Medicare hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) activities.  There are two reminders hospices should take note of. Upcoming Reconsideration Period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 HQRP Data submitted in 2021 impacts the FY […]

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Important Hospice Quality Reporting Reminders

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently posted the Hospice Outreach Email for June and it contains reminders and updates on the various Medicare hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) activities.  There are two reminders hospices should take note of. Upcoming Reconsideration Period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 HQRP Data submitted in 2021 impacts the FY […]

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NAHC Submits Comments on Proposed FY2023 Hospice Rule

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Focus on Wage Index Cap, Payment Update, and Health Equity On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Medicare Program; FY 2023 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements (https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2022-07030/medicare-program-fy-2023-hospice-wage-index-and-payment-rate-update-and-hospice-quality-reporting), the proposed rule governing hospice payment and other policies for fiscal year (FY) 2023.  The rule […]

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NAHC Submits Comments on Proposed FY2023 Hospice Rule

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Focus on Wage Index Cap, Payment Update, and Health Equity On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Medicare Program; FY 2023 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements (https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2022-07030/medicare-program-fy-2023-hospice-wage-index-and-payment-rate-update-and-hospice-quality-reporting), the proposed rule governing hospice payment and other policies for fiscal year (FY) 2023.  The rule […]

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NAHC Shares Tech Recommendations with Congress

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and a coalition of long-term & post-acute care (LTPAC) and health information technology (HIT) groups have submitted comments to an important congressional task force exploring ways to accelerate innovation in the health care system. In response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the U.S. House Republican […]

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CMS Open Door Forum Series for IT, EHR Developers, Vendors to Develop Medicare Documentation Service

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a Special Open Door Forum series to educate the public about a new initiative underway to develop a Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) Documentation Requirement Lookup Service prototype. Also, to allow physicians, suppliers, IT and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Developers and Vendors, and/or all other interested […]

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NAHC Meets with ONC to Discuss Interoperability

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) met with officials from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHA), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to express support for advancing interoperability in health care and to discuss the role home health and hospice play in delivering care across the […]

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Rules on Interoperability and Electronic and Electronic Health Records Must Emphasize Certainty, Innovation

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The Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA), an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, urging the CMS to implement health care interoperability goals in ways that encourage innovation, as well as the consistent and reliable sharing and retrieval of information […]

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