In the May 23 refresh of Hospice Compare, providers nationwide scored 85.3% on the “Hospice and palliative care composite process measure.”
Hospices may soon be required to provide upon request an election statement addendum to beneficiaries or representatives, other providers treating the conditions and Medicare contractors, according CMS’ proposed hospice payment rule posted April 19 on the Federal Register.
While the hospice industry is expected to receive about $540 million in increased payments in 2020, hospice providers should curb the enthusiasm until they fully analyze how the changes will impact the business.
While “Hospice and palliative care pain assessment” remains the most difficult individual measure for providers to earn high marks on when it comes to the Hospice Item Set (HIS), the hospice industry continues to improve significantly on it each quarter.
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC — CMS’ new Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) — has announced it is conducting post-payment reviews of claims for general inpatient (GIP) hospice care.
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.


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