Regulations

NAHC enumerates what Hospices need to know about Emergency Preparedness

(NAHC.org) June 12, 2017 The Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule became effective on November 15, 2016 with an implementation date of November 15, 2017.  All hospice providers must meet the requirements of…

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CMS encourages hospice providers to preview their quality measure results

(CMS.gov) June 1, 2017 Hospice Provider Preview Reports for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) are now available. Hospice providers are encouraged to preview their quality measure results based on Quarter 4- 2015 to Quarter 3-2016 data, prior to the inaugural…

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Sue Sue Dill Calloway to discuss Grievances & Complaints during June 6th webinar

Durham, NC (PRWEB) May 30, 2017 AudioEducator, a division of audio conference and corporate education leader ProEdTech, will host the live webinar “Grievances and Complaints: What Hospitals Should Know About the CMS and Joint Commission, DNV Standards and OCR” with…

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CMS offers new Medicare cards for greater protection to Americans

(CMS.gov) May 30, 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use…

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CMS announced a New Enrollment Process for Consumers

(CMS.gov) May 17, 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new streamlined and simplified direct enrollment process for consumers signing up for individual market coverage through Exchanges that use HealthCare.gov. Consumers applying for individual market coverage…

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CMS gives states three years extension to comply with HCBS rules

Washington DC (CMS.gov) May 9, 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a three-year extension for state Medicaid programs to meet the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) settings requirements for settings operating before March 17, 2014.…

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NHPCO’s thoughts on FY2018 Hospice Wage Index

Alexandria, VA (NHPCO Updater) May 4, 2017 Overall, the Notice of Proposed Rule Making is both encouraging and discouraging for providers in the U.S. hospice community. NHPCO is pleased that CMS is recognizing the regulatory and administrative burdens facing the…

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Hospice QRP: OMB Approval Received for HIS V2.00.0, Effective from April 1, 2017

Washington, DC (CMS.org) May 2, 2017 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Hospice Item Set (HIS) V2.00.0, effective April 1, 2017. The HIS Manual V2.00 and the HIS V2.00.0 forms are now considered final and final versions…

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MIPS to replace three CMS reporting programs

A CMS newsletter mentioned what is perhaps “old news”, that the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program will replace three Medicare reporting programs: EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use) Physician Quality Reporting System Value-Based Payment Modifier The actual point of the…

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NHPCO serves CMS a beef-laden compliment sandwich

In their Friday press release, the NHPCO delivered a beef-laden compliment sandwich to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with some sharp cheddar cheese comments in the middle. Their April 28th press release begins with what could be…

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