Changes to Hospice NOE Process Coming July 2018

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 election-related fields on those screens (revocation indicators,

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Home Health Infection Prevention & Control

Six Tips for Home Health Infection Prevention & Control
The new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) demand a greater focus on home health infection prevention and control. They state that as a component of an agency’s QAPI program, it must establish, document, and maintain a home health infection prevention & control program with a goal of preventing and controlling communicable diseases.

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Breaking Down the New Home Health CoPs: Comprehensive Assessment of Patients, Skilled Professional Services, and Home Health Aide Services

Comprehensive Assessment of Patients, Skilled Professional Services, and Home Health Aide Services
To help you prepare for the new Conditions of Participation, HEALTHCAREfirst has partnered with home health care consultant and regulatory expert, Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, for a series of blog articles regarding the regulatory changes to the CoPs that will likely require amended policies,

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Breaking Down the New Home Health Conditions of Participation: Infection Control, Care Planning & Coordination

Infection Control, Care Planning & Coordination
To help you prepare for the new Conditions of Participation, HEALTHCAREfirst has partnered with home health care consultant and regulatory expert, Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, for a series of blog articles regarding the regulatory changes to the CoPs that will likely require amended policies, procedures,

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Breaking Down the New Home Health Conditions of Participation: QAPI

To help you prepare for the new Conditions of Participation, HEALTHCAREfirst has partnered with home health care consultant and regulatory expert, Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, for a series of blog articles regarding the regulatory changes to the CoPs that will likely require amended policies, procedures, and forms.
Part one of our series on the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) focuses on the establishment of a Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Program or QAPI program.

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