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MAC reviews prompt NAHC to recommend routine internal audits of Hospice providers

Washington, DC (NAHC.org) April 12, 2017 In late March, Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Home Health and Hospice Palmetto GBA (Jurisdiction JM) announced that it has begun a pre-payment service-specific probe medical review on Hospice claims for Routine Home Care…

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Tomorrow: Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to…

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Webinar registration opens for HQRP’s CMS data submission requirements

Washington, DC (CMS.gov) March 14, 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar for hospice providers on Tuesday, April 25th from 2:00-3:45 p.m. ET. The primary focus of the webinar will be CMS data submission…

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NHPCO clarifies the role of the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor

NHPCO Updater – March 14, 2017 Many hospice providers have asked for clarification about the role of the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor. What follows is some basic information about SMRC. As the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC), StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC has…

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CMS hosts webinar Thursday on participating in MIPS as a Virtual Group

Join the Second Virtual Groups Webinar for the Quality Payment Program on March 16, 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined its plan for the establishment of Virtual Groups in the Quality Payment Program final rule. As…

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CMS Streamlines ICD-10 Resources to One Location

Source: RMC Answers – Mar 3, 2017 “To streamline your access to resources, CMS has merged all up-to-date content from our Road to 10 website to our main ICD-10 site, cms.gov/ICD10. “We’re now phasing out the Road to 10 site,…

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Hospice QRP Submission Exemptions Due to Hurricane Matthew

CMS has granted a blanket exemption for all Hospice providers in the designated counties for the following Hospice QRP data submission requirements, including required quality data submitted via the Hospice Item Set (HIS): • Third Quarter 2016 (July 1, 2016…

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CMS Has 4 Questions for you about Home and Community-Based Services

Excerpted from: “CMS Seeks Input on Ways to Accelerate Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services” By Debra A. McCurdy on 14 November 2016. CMS is requesting public input on policy options it can consider to accelerate the provision of home and…

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What are the HIS reporting requirements for newly certified hospices this year?

Source: Hospice Item Set (HIS) Questions and Answers There are two considerations for providers to keep in mind with respect to HIS reporting. The first is when providers should begin reporting HIS data, the second is when providers will be…

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New CoP requires Hospices to develop and train on emergency preparedness plans

Part three of a three part series focusing on the final rule for Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers (CMS-3178-F) for hospice providers. From: NHPCO Updater, October 18, 2016, “Birth of…

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