Is Your Recertification Process Compliant?

Home Health Agencies Should Review Immediately. On Friday, July 10, 2015, CMS issued “Change Request (CR) 9189: Medical Review of Home Health Services” with an implementation date of August 11, 2015. The change request was published in response to clarification and guidance requests regarding several items including the requirement that home health agencies have physicians include an […]

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July 28, 2015

Free Webinar: 2016 Home Health Proposed Rule Update

Home Health Regulatory Webinar Registration Open Now. CMS recently released the proposed rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) for 2016. What is on the regulatory horizon for home health and how could it affect your agency? Please join Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, GMA, former VP of Regulatory Affairs for NAHC, […]

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July 17, 2015

New QAO Quality Reporting Requirement for Home Health

Start Date Begins This Week. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted payment related quality reporting requirements for home health agencies in regulation 42 CFR 484.250(a) several years ago. Since that time, agencies that have failed to report OASIS data and comply with Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems […]

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June 29, 2015

Top Ten Hospice Survey Deficiencies for FY2014

Hospice Survey Compliance Update. Each year, CMS’ Survey and Certification group identifies the most frequent hospice survey deficiencies named during hospice Medicare recertifications. Following are the top ten deficiencies as noted by CMS from 2014. Understanding these deficiencies, and how to address them, is a vital factor in achieving regulatory compliance for all hospices. 418.56(b) […]

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June 5, 2015

MedPAC Comments on the FY 2016 Hospice Proposed Rule

Hospice Agencies Encouraged to Comment The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), recently submitted their comments to CMS on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Hospice Proposed Rule. MedPAC agreed with most of CMS’ recommendations in the proposed rule and asked CMS for clarification on several items. HEALTHCAREfirst recommends all agencies take the opportunity to comment on […]

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June 3, 2015

CMS Extends SignUp Period for ICD-10 End to End Testing

Home Health & Hospice Agencies Encouraged to Volunteer. CMS sent the following notification out to Home Health and Hospice providers on May 8, 2015 regarding an extension to signing up for ICD-10 End-to-End testing. HEALTHCAREfirst is sharing for providers to be aware: Final Opportunity to Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing in July — Forms Accepted […]

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May 11, 2015

NGS Sets Up Electronic Cost Report Filing

Dedicated Mailbox Set Up for J6 Home Health & Hospice Providers. Medicare Administrative Contractor NGS recently created a dedicated mailbox for J6 providers to submit their cost report information electronically. All J6 Home health and Hospice providers should receive a copy of the following letter in the mail, if they have not already. NGS noted […]

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May 6, 2015

Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2012

CMS Proposed Rule for Hospice. Effective May 9, 2011, CMS to update the Medicare Hospice Wage Index for fiscal year (FY) 2012. This proposed rule implements the third year, of a 7-year phase out, of the hospice wage index budget neutrality adjustment factor (BNAF).  This proposed rule also solicits public comment on a proposed revised […]

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May 11, 2011
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