Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI): What Home Health & Hospice Agencies Need to Know

2018-06-06T03:06:40+07:00March 29, 2018|News|

Designed to help protect the privacy of Medicare recipients, a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the social security number-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) for Medicare transactions such as billing, eligibility status, and claim FISS/DDE submissions starting April 1, 2018. Beginning in April, CMS will mail new Medicare cards to all people with

Home Health Final Rule Released for 2018

2018-03-29T03:19:45+07:00November 3, 2017|News|

On November 1, 2017, CMS released the 2018 Home Health Final Rule. To the delight of home health agencies, the rule was finalized without the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), which was proposed for roll-out in 2019. CMS stated, “We are not finalizing the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM)

Emergency Preparedness Training Open to Home Health & Hospice

2018-06-01T01:37:00+07:00October 20, 2017|News|

Home health and hospice providers have until November 15, 2017 to implement and be in full compliance with the new emergency preparedness requirements. Now is the time for agencies to get ready with HEALTHCAREfirst's emergency preparedness training courses! CMS has developed an Emergency Preparedness Training: Basic Surveyor Course to train surveyors on what to look

Hospice Emergency Preparedness: A Guide to Success

2017-12-19T02:22:05+07:00September 26, 2017|News|

Beginning on November 15, 2017, hospice agencies must be prepared to demonstrate compliance with the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule. CMS is releasing a new Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM) that contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the final rule. An advance copy can be

Longitudinal Charting in Home Health Care

2017-12-19T02:26:32+07:00September 1, 2017|News|

Home health agencies have had longitudinal charting looming like a shadow over their operations. On one hand, implementing a longitudinal charting methodology makes it easier to track care activities in more nuanced and specialized ways, leading to potential quality and transparency improvements within an agency. On the other, the extra time and attention that goes

Home Health Emergency Preparedness: A Guide to Site Survey Success

2017-12-19T02:27:52+07:00August 30, 2017|News|

Beginning on November 15, 2017, home health agencies must be prepared to demonstrate compliance with the home health emergency preparedness condition of participation (CoP). When evaluating for compliance with the CoP requirements, surveyors will follow the standard survey protocols during initial, revalidation, recertification, and complaint surveys. CMS’ goal in enforcement of these requirements is to ensure that Medicare

Hospice Compare is Now Live

2018-05-30T19:15:29+07:00August 17, 2017|News|

As anticipated, today CMS launched Hospice Compare, a website that reports information on hospices that enables patients, family members, and health care providers to learn more about the quality of care each hospice provides. Utilizing CMS’ official Hospice Compare datasets, Hospices can be evaluated based on quality indicators such as the percentage of patients checked

FY 2018 Hospice Final Rule Published

2018-03-20T22:23:58+07:00August 4, 2017|News|

On August 1, 2017, CMS published the FY 2018 Hospice Final Rule. In the final rule, Medicare hospice payments, adjusted for inflation and other factors, will increase an estimated 1% or an estimated $180 million in 2018. This is in comparison to the 2017 final rule, which included a 2.1% increase, or $350 million, in payments.

Medicare Home Health Fraud: Enough Mistakes Can Add Up

2018-04-02T21:31:51+07:00June 28, 2017|News|

Home health regulatory requirements create a variety of documentation and management challenges that home health agencies must be prepared to address. In particular, emerging regulatory changes surrounding Medicare home health fraud are pressuring agencies to keep an especially close watch over every facet of operations. According to a CMS Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) report

Hospice CAHPS vendor selection: tips to help you choose

2019-10-25T02:12:26+07:00June 5, 2017|Hospice Care|

Hospice CAHPS Vendor Selection: Choose wisely. The Hospice CAHPS Vendor Selection process is not easy. Choose a Hospice CAHPS vendor that understands the hospice industry and the challenges that you face. Find a company you can trust and that is responsive to your needs regardless of your agency’s size. Consider how long the vendor has been providing experience of