Home Health Line Breaking News
The COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is expected to be extended one more time to May 11, according to a statement by the White House on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.
The Better Care Better Jobs Act would increase payment rates to promote recruitment and retention of direct care workers, increase wages and develop and update training opportunities, according to supporters.
Revisions to Appendix M and complementary revisions to the CMS Hospice Basic Surveyor Training will equip surveyors from all surveying entities to focus on the quality of care and facilitate consistency, according to CMS.
RCD does not include a separate appeal process for a non-affirmed pre-claim review decision, according to Palmetto.
Agencies soon could see more automated rejections as CMS updates its claims processing system to correct a pandemic-era blind spot that was requiring manual review by MACs.
CMS has created new 10-15 minute training videos for providers that focus on commonly cited deficiencies.
Four national hospice organizations have called on CMS and Congress to strengthen hospice program integrity through key legislative and regulatory changes.
CMS provides further guidance on answering N0415 (High-risk drug classes: use and indication) — an item that has raised a lot of questions for clinicians in the early days of OASIS-E. This new information was part of 13 answers in the first quarter OASIS Q&As, released Jan. 17.
“The majority of the claims being returned are provider billing error and need to be corrected,” the MACs noted in their message to agencies.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted unanimously Jan. 12 to recommend that Congress cut home health payment rates by 7% in 2024.


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