CMS Releases FY2018 Hospice Proposed Rule

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the FY2018 Hospice Proposed Rule. The rule proposes that the overall payments for Hospice providers increase by 1% ($180 Million).
Additionally, the Hospice cap amount for the 2018 cap year would be $28,689.04. In addition to the cap and payment updates, the rule solicits comments regarding the source(s) of clinical information for certifying terminal illness and proposes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, […]

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HEALTHCAREfirst’s Deyta Analytics Division Announces 2017 Hospice Honors Recipients

Springfield, Mo. – May 9, 2017 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics, recently announced the fifth annual Hospice Honors recipients. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. […]

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Streamlining Your Home Health Agency’s Workflow is Easier than You Think

Home health care agencies must balance effective patient services with efficient, sound business principles. Trying to maintain all aspects associated with managing a HHA can be overwhelming. However, utilizing software and services developed and supported by people who understand the challenges of running an agency can help you streamline your processes so you can put patients before paperwork. […]

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Hospice Management Solutions That Make Your Life Easier

Hospice management is no simple task. It involves many processes aimed at streamlining workflow, effectively managing employees, accurately and securely completing paperwork, all while providing patients with the highest quality of care. With so many elements involved, it can be easy for hospice agencies to become overwhelmed. But with hospice management solutions from HEALTHCAREfirst, […]

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Announcing the 2016 HHCAHPS Honors Recipients

HEALTHCAREfirst recently announced the recipients of the 2016 HHCAHPS Honors, a prominent program recognizing home health agencies that provide the highest level of quality as measured from the patient’s point of view. The official list of recipients was unveiled last week at the Welcome Reception of the NAHC Annual Meeting in Orlando, […]

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Analyzing Initial CAHPS® Hospice Survey Results for Quality Improvement

CMS has indicated that they will not release benchmarks for the CAHPS® Hospice Survey until at least four quarters of data can be analyzed and therefore benchmarks will not be available until Q3 2016 at the very earliest. Since the Dry Run period – the first three months of survey administration – is considered a practice period, […]

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New Hospice Provider CAHPS Forms Now Available

Hospice CAHPS Survey.
Hospice providers should be aware that CMS posted two new documents today to the Hospice CAHPS website.

A CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form: The deadline for hospices to complete and submit the CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form is May 1, 2015. Hospices must authorize an approved CAHPS Hospice Survey vendor to submit data on their behalf for the 2015 administration of the CAHPS Hospice Survey. […]

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Hospice CAHPS Website is Now Live

Experience of Care Survey for Hospice Patients.
The CAHPS® Hospice Survey is an experience of care survey. The survey considers the hospice patient and his or her primary informal caregiver as the unit of care.  CMS recommended hospice providers start becoming familiar with the site in a recent Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum. […]

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Attention Home Health Agencies: CAHPS Deadline Approaching

CAHPS Deadline Approaching | HHCAHPS Vendors Must Submit Data Soon.
This Thursday, January 17, 2013, is the CAHPS deadline for Medicare certified home health agencies (HHAs) that served 59 or fewer unduplicated patients from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012 who met HHCAHPS survey-eligibility criteria to submit an exemption from participating in the HHCAHPS Survey for the calendar year (CY) 2014 annual payment update (APU). […]

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Updated Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) Preview Reports Available

Time to Review Your Data.
Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) Survey Preview reports are now available for Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs).
Review your data now as it will be published on the Home Health Compare website (www.medicare.gov) sometime on or after July 19, 2012. The updated results are based on data collected from patients who received skilled home health care at some point between January 1, […]

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