Hospice FY2021 Final Rule Issued

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On July 31, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule CMS-1733-F      that updates fiscal year (FY) 2021 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries. CMS is publishing this final rule consistent with the legal requirements to update…… Continue reading Hospice FY2021 Final Rule Issued

Hospice PEPPER Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Q4FY19 release of the Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through September 2019 is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your Hospice PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President, Administrator, Compliance Officer, or Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Officer of…… Continue reading Hospice PEPPER Now Available

Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum – July 29, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change**  Opening Remarks    …… Continue reading Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum – July 29, 2020

Hospice Quality Reporting Program: COVID-19 PHE

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

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 – Hospice Agencies

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

CMS has issued a final rule governing Hospice payment for FY2020.

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.

If your agency provides Hospice services, you might be interested in this announcement by CMS.

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.

Two (2) OIG Studies Released: Hospice Care Provided to Medicare Beneficiaries

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

Public Webinars About Quality Measure Development

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