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Four Ways to Cut Home Health and Hospice Administrative Costs

2018-10-12T01:34:55+00:00October 12, 2018|News|

Administrative costs account for 1/3 of healthcare expenditures in the United States. While this number takes into account many other types of healthcare, home health and hospice administrative costs were included in this often cited and quite comprehensive study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In fact, CMS recently introduced regulatory changes to

CMS Proposes to Reform Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Requirements

2018-10-08T19:32:47+00:00September 27, 2018|News|

On September 17th, CMS held a public event to share its proposal to reform several home health and hospice regulatory requirements. The proposal includes changes to current home health and hospice regulatory requirements, Conditions of Participation (CoPs), and Conditions for Coverage. According to CMS, this will “simplify and streamline the current regulations and thereby increase provider

Avoid These Barriers to Home Health and Hospice Success

2018-09-21T19:03:44+00:00September 21, 2018|News|

Many agencies face the same common barriers to home health and hospice success. But you may only be a few changes away from overcoming these barriers. Here are five common barriers, and how you can avoid them. Poor Use of Resources Even the best home health and hospice agencies can run into trouble if they

Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Agencies

2018-09-27T16:25:51+00:00August 31, 2018|News|

Since the pause of the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration in April 2017, CMS has been working to develop an alternative called the Review Choice Demonstration. It states that this new demonstration will, "offer more flexibility and choice for providers, as well as risk-based changes to reward providers who show compliance with Medicare home health policies." Participation is

FY2019 Hospice Final Rule Published

2018-09-24T19:45:10+00:00August 3, 2018|News|

On August 1, 2018, CMS issued the FY2019 Hospice Final Rule for Medicare hospice agencies. The final rule includes changes to the hospice payment rates as well as updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). Burden Reduction CMS will no longer display the seven component measures from which a composite measure is calculated on

2019 ICD-10-CM Codes Released: What You Need to Know

2018-07-27T18:34:45+00:00July 27, 2018|News|

On June 11, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the FY 2019 ICD-10-CM code changes. There are 473 code changes, including 279 new codes, 143 revised codes, and 51 deactivated codes. These codes are to be used from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. What is included in the 2019

Home Health Analytics: Three Ways They Pay Off

2018-07-11T21:34:08+00:00July 11, 2018|News|

Data is emerging as a critical component of operational success across a wide range of industries, and home health care isn't exempt from this movement. A CIO magazine report said that the health care industry as a whole is in the middle of a movement to embrace the prospect of gleaning new insights from the large quantities of

2019 Home Health Proposed Rule Released by CMS

2018-08-23T02:05:15+00:00July 3, 2018|News|

On July 2, 2018, CMS released the 2019 Home Health Proposed Rule. It includes considerable proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System designed to “strengthen and modernize Medicare, drive value, and focus on individual patient needs rather than volume of care.” Payment Rate Changes for CY2019 CMS projects that Medicare payments for CY2019

How to Increase Your Hospice CAHPS Survey Response Rate

2018-06-29T19:36:26+00:00June 29, 2018|News|

Focusing on techniques to improve your Hospice CAHPS survey response rate is important to ensuring that your survey data is accurate so you can compare your results with other providers in your area and target efforts on continuous improvement. How many responses do you need? CMS requires at least 30 complete surveys during an eight

Changes to Hospice NOE Process Coming July 2018

2018-06-21T23:48:19+00:00June 21, 2018|News|

On June 7, 2018, CMS announced improvements to the hospice NOE process for hospice elections received on or after July 2, 2018. A new hospice election period format will be added to the Common Working File (CWF) system to carry election-related information. The existing hospice benefit period screens will continue to look the same, but