Home Health Line Breaking News
In an effort to reduce burden, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CMS are seeking to update regulations around nondiscrimination outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Legislation introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would allow occupational therapists to open home health episodes of care by conducting the initial visit and comprehensive assessment.
More than 175 commenters shared their thoughts on the proposed hospice payment rule.
The CDC has posted the FY2020 ICD-CM final code changes, and there were no changes to the proposed list of 273 new, 30 revised and 21 invalidated codes that were released in the proposed inpatient hospital prospective payment system rule, April 23. 
CMS recently posted training materials for a June 11 webinar about hospice review and correct reports.
Agencies seeking for burden reductions in the home health or hospice industries should submit comments on CMS’ new request for information (RFI) as part of the patients over paperwork initiative.
CMS announced it will hold a webinar 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST June 19 for home health agencies on “Achieving a Full Annual Payment Update (APU)/Market Basket Increase.”
CMS has updated hospice provider preview reports and Hospice CAHPS provider preview reports.
CMS continues to work diligently to retool the development of a hospice assessment tool. This includes holding open door forums to discuss the project and seek feedback.
Agencies in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida or Texas can get updates from Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Palmetto GBA about the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) by listening to Palmetto’s teleconferences in July and August.


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