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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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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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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Study: Poor Communication from Hospitals to Home Health Puts Patients at Risk

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Serious communications problems exist between hospitals and home health clinicians, putting the health of patients at risk, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The study surveyed 50 home health care nurses, quality assurance clinicians, administrators and managers, finding that 60 percent of them reported receiving inadequate information to […]

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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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Understanding Health IT Certification, Interoperability, and Health Information Exchange

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In case you happened to miss the announcement included in the Proposed FY2019 Hospice Payment and Quality Reporting Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the Possible Establishment of CMS Patient Health and Safety Requirements for Hospitals and Other Providers for Electronic Transfer of Health Information. […]

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The Net Is No Longer Neutral; What Nullifying Net Neutrality Means for Health Care

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Net neutrality is the principle that your internet service provider (ISP), such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, cannot arbitrarily slow down or block access to websites or online services. For the most part, net neutrality died on Monday, April 23rd. It’s death warrant was signed a couple of months earlier when the Federal Communications Commission […]

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