Regulatory

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 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

Medicare Fraud: Home Health & Hospice Agencies Beware

2018-05-30T18:44:50+00:00May 18, 2018|Archive, News|

Over the years, our industry has seen reports of crimes related to Medicare fraud including conspiracy to commit health care fraud, violations of the anti-kickback statutes, and money laundering. Recently, the OIG released its Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Report for FY2017. In its report, the OIG discusses several significant criminal and civil investigations

FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule: What You Need to Know

2018-05-11T19:30:13+00:00May 11, 2018|News|

On April 27, 2018 CMS released the FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule. The rule includes a proposed increase in hospice reimbursements as well as changes to the Hospital Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), although no new measures are proposed. Highlights of the FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule include: Payment Update CMS is proposing a 1.8% increase in reimbursements to

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

2018-06-06T03:06:40+00:00March 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

RAISE Family Caregivers Act Signed Into Law

2018-10-25T22:37:31+00:00February 2, 2018|News|

On January 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act, also known as the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. This law directs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and maintain a national strategy to recognize and support the more than

HEALTHCAREfirst to Highlight Home Health Regulatory Changes and Challenges for 2017

2018-10-09T00:57:19+00:00November 28, 2016|Archive, Press Release|

  Springfield, Missouri – November 23, 2016 - HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics, announced that it is hosting a complimentary webinar detailing upcoming 2017 home health regulatory changes and challenges, including the CY 2017 HH PPS Final Rule. Topics include: • Rates/Payment changes •

2015 PPS Proposed Rule for Home Health: Home Health Regulatory Update on Proposed Rule (Webinar Recording)

2018-04-12T03:53:46+00:00August 1, 2014|Archive, Webinars|

2015 PPS Proposed Rule for Home Health. Many thanks to those who attended Tuesday's webinar regarding regulatory updates on the 2015 PPS Proposed Rule. Presented by Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance for HEALTHCAREfirst, the webinar reviews the proposed rule, including what it may mean to you and much more. Webinar topics included: Review of

Free Webinar: 2014 Regulatory Update for Hospice

2018-03-19T23:13:16+00:00June 18, 2014|Archive, Webinars|

2014 Regulatory Update: What's on the Hospice Regulatory Horizon. Click here to get today's webinar handout on the 2014 Regulatory Update. Please join Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance for HEALTHCAREfirst as she reviews the latest information regarding the Hospice 2014 regulatory update and how it could affect you. Webinar topics include: Update on ICD-10

2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar Handout Available

2018-03-19T23:01:25+00:00August 27, 2013|Archive, Webinars|

2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar: Final Rule News View Today's 2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar Handout Here Please join us today for the 2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar detailing the recently released final rule as well as other important upcoming changes for Hospice agencies. Topics will include: Final rule including quality reporting, rates, Hospice item set