Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A 4-page Tip Sheet on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP): COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is available. This tip sheet provides guidance on quality data submissions starting on July 1, 2020, when the temporary exemptions from the COVID-19 PHE end. See the HQRP Requirements and…… Continue reading Hospice Quality Reporting Program: COVID-19 PHE
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 9, 2020, CMS posted QSO-20-16-Hospice to provide guidance to hospice agencies to appropriately respond to COVID-19 concerns. The 7-page document provides information on these specific questions: Which patients are at risk for severe disease from COVID-19? How should providers screen visitors and patients…… Continue reading Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 – Hospice Agencies
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare SUMMARY: This final rule updates the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2020. This rule also rebases the continuous home care, general inpatient care, and the inpatient respite care per diem payment rates in a budget-neutral manner to more accurately align Medicare…… Continue reading CMS has issued a final rule governing Hospice payment for FY2020.
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Recruitment Announcement – Focus Groups for Hospice Patient Assessment Instrument CMS is currently recruiting experienced hospice providers and clinicians to participate in focus groups to discuss and provide input as we develop a hospice patient assessment tool. All interested participants will be considered based on their…… Continue reading If your agency provides Hospice services, you might be interested in this announcement by CMS.
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Last week, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released 2 reports that describe “specific instances of harm to hospice beneficiaries and identifies vulnerabilities in CMS’s efforts to prevent and address harm” and “hospices did not always provide needed services to beneficiaries and sometimes provided poor…… Continue reading Two (2) OIG Studies Released: Hospice Care Provided to Medicare Beneficiaries
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare CMS is reaching out to the public. Keeping the public aware of initiatives is part of transparency. The information below was posted today and is part of that effort. Please share it with your friends and family. The more informed we are as a nation the…… Continue reading Public Webinars About Quality Measure Development