Hospice provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary health care to terminally ill patients, as well as bereavement and support services to the patients’ loved ones. Patients receiving hospice care forgo curative treatments. Hospice care is provided through certified hospice programs, and may be delivered in any patient care setting, but is most often provided in the patient’s home.
CHA provides state and federal representation and advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas to improve access to quality, cost-effective hospice health care services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking input from providers related to the implementation of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). On behalf of CMS, Health Care Innovation Services is requesting that interested providers participate in brief interviews to help CMS better understand the burdens of the HQRP, how providers ensure accuracy of data, how the HQRP has impacted patient services and outcomes, and what CMS can do in the future to improve the program and processes.
Interviews will be conducted by telephone, and reports or supplemental documents submitted to CMS will not link answers to any specific providers. Anyone interested in participating should contact Pat Hanson at email@example.com.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule updating federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices. In the rule, CMS estimates that Medicare reimbursement will increase by 1 percent, or $160 million, for FFY 2014, which begins Oct. 1. The rule also makes changes to the hospice quality reporting program for 2014 and the future, including adding a Hospice Experience of Care survey in 2015.
Under a final rule recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), skilled-nursing and other long-term care facilities that provide hospice care through a Medicare-certified hospice provider must have a written agreement with the hospice specifying the roles and responsibilities of each entity. The goal of the rule is to improve the quality and consistency of hospice care for long-term care residents, and to reduce duplication by increasing care coordination and communication between the two types of providers. A copy of the rule is attached.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will issue a national provider Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Hospice Services on June 21. The CBR, produced by SafeGuard Services under contract with CMS, will contain data-driven tables and graphs with an explanation of findings that compare providers’ billing and payment patterns to those of their peers in the state and across the nation. According to CMS, the goal of these reports is to offer a tool that helps providers better understand applicable Medicare billing rules and improve the level of care they provide to their Medicare patients.
For more information and to review a sample of the Hospice Services CBR, visit the CBR Services website or call the SafeGuard Services’ provider help desk, CBR Support Team, at (530) 896-7080.