FY2020 hospice proposed rule released by CMS

2019-10-25T01:17:14+07:00May 17, 2019|News|

On April 19, 2019, CMS issued the FY2020 Hospice Proposed Rule. The following is a brief summary of the rule and what it could mean to hospice agencies. FY2020 Hospice Proposed Rule In this rule, CMS proposes to rebase the FY2020 per diem payment rates for Continuous Home Care (CHC), Inpatient Respite Care (IRC), and

CMS Proposes to Reform Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Requirements

2018-10-08T19:32:47+07:00September 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

3 Strategies for Hospice Quality Performance Improvement

2019-04-05T19:22:55+07:00June 7, 2018|News|

With increased transparency to the public eye, hospices have an even greater incentive for hospice quality performance improvement, as well as an opportunity to shine in a competitive market. Here are three essential tips that you can use for hospice quality performance improvement. 1. Utilize Any & All Available Hospice Quality Performance Improvement Reporting Data

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

2020-07-07T01:08:16+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

Top Medicare Hospice Claim Denials and How to Prevent Them

2019-02-12T20:16:04+07:00October 13, 2017|News|

In today’s environment, hospice agencies need to collect everything they are owed and they need to do it quickly. By understanding potential red flags and avoiding common mistakes that lead to claim denials, you can easily improve revenue and cash flow. Discover the top reasons for hospice claim denials and how you can avoid them! Download HEALTHCAREfirst's

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