CMS has announced plans to expand its Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) demonstration to allow Medicare Advantage plans to test offering hospice services beginning in 2021.
Practices have been part of a boom in advance care planning in recent years, but CMS’ open-ended rules and the wide eligibility parameters for the two advance care planning codes suggest plenty of room for growth.
Hospices scored 83.6% on a new Hospice Item Set (HIS) composite measure that appeared on Hospice Compare as part of the website’s Nov. 30 quarterly refresh.
Agencies have continued to improve in nearly every Home Health Compare measure included within value-based purchasing.
CMS feels it’s necessary to develop a comprehensive, standardized patient assessment tool for the hospice industry.
While “Hospice and palliative care pain assessment” remains the most difficult measure for providers to earn high marks on when it comes to the Hospice Item Set (HIS), the industry overall has improved nearly 5% on the measure since December 2017.
The hospice industry will receive a 1.8% payment increase in 2019, according to CMS’ final hospice payment rule posted Aug. 1 on the Federal Register.
A new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) contends that while hospice care can provide great comfort to patients and their loved ones, the industry has vulnerabilities that affect program integrity and the quality of care.
To ensure patients and their families are satisfied with care your hospice provides, train your employees to ask certain keywords during every visit.
Hospices nationwide improved on all seven Hospice Item Set (HIS) measures in the latest update of Hospice Compare.


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