Don’t Miss this Webinar on Proposed Hospice Payment Rule and Medicare Advantage

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will hold a webinar to address the big concerns in hospice today – the proposed FY2020 hospice payment rule and plans to “test” hospice aspart of the Medicare Advantage benefit package starting in 2021. This webinar, Key Issues in Hospice Policy: The Proposed FY2020 Hospice Payment Rule […]

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Can’t-Miss Webinar on Proposed Hospice Payment Rule and Medicare Advantage

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will hold a webinar to address the big concerns in hospice today – the proposed FY2020 hospice payment rule and plans to “test” hospice aspart of the Medicare Advantage benefit package starting in 2021. This webinar, Key Issues in Hospice Policy: The Proposed FY2020 Hospice Payment […]

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MedPAC Examines Payment Based on Value and Patients’ Functional Status

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A meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Council (MedPAC) earlier this month evaluated the application of patient functional status in payment adjustment, provider performance, and the establishment of plans of care. This presentation by MedPAC evaluated the quality of the data submitted by providers and was a follow-up to a past session on patient assessment […]

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CMS Gives Early Plans for Testing Hospice in Medicare Advantage

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–Opportunities for Stakeholder Input, Additional Details Expected Over Coming Months On April 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a one-hour webinar during which officials from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovations (CMMI) provided a “first look” at plans for a test program under which Medicare Advantage (MA) plans participating in […]

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CMS Hospice Webinar: Medicare Advantage Value-Based Design Model

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The Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Model team of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will present an important new webinar, Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model – Hospice Intervention, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT. The webinar will provide an overview of the model’s main goals and […]

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Home Health and Hospice Advocates Gather for March on Washington 2019

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Home health and hospice leaders from Maine to Hawaii gathered in our nation’s capital for the annual March on Washington and a lively and informative discussion of the top policy issues facing the community today and the days ahead. Leaders from the Forum of State Associations heard presentations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

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Focus on Hospice and Medicare Advantage at March on Washington!

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There is no cost to attend the 2019 March on Washington, so register now! The 2019 March on Washington is only days away and we need you to join us for two days of education and advocacy on behalf of the millions of people across America who depend on home care and hospice and the hard-working people who […]

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CMS Announces Plans to Test Coverage of Hospice under Medicare Advantage

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–“VBID” Plans may offer coverage beginning CY2021 As part of a release announcing a “broad array of Medicare Advantage (MA) health plan innovations that will be tested in the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model for CY2020,”  the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS)  has indicated it plans, beginning in CY2021, to test including the […]

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Report: Home Health, Hospice Show Steady Growth

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Home health admissions grew in the year from the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018, while hospice utilization also got a boost with particularly strong activity in western states, according to a new report from Excel Health. The narrative of the report, which tracks statistics for Medicare, post-acute discharge, home health, […]

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Reports: Medicare Advantage Plans Improperly Denying Claims

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— Anthem Adds Home Care Benefits Under Relaxed Medicare Advantage Rule Medicare Advantage plans are improperly denying medical insurance claims to patients and physicians, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and a separate report in the New York Times. Roughly 20 […]

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NAHC Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Harmful Payment Rate Cuts

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  STOP THE PROPOSED CMS HOME HEALTH RATE CUT! In another step towards curtailing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) attempts to cut Medicare home health rates, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) have introduced legislation designed to protect patients and providers from harmful reimbursement reductions. The Collins-Stabenow-Nelson […]

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