Hospice
08/22/2018
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.
08/09/2018
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.
08/09/2018
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.
05/28/2018
To ensure patients and their families are satisfied with care your hospice provides, train your employees to ask certain keywords during every visit.
05/28/2018
Hospices nationwide improved on all seven Hospice Item Set (HIS) measures in the latest update of Hospice Compare.
05/16/2018
CMS is considering adding to Hospice Compare a quality measure that reflects the rate of hospices’ live discharges that are followed by a hospitalization/emergency room visit/observation stay within seven days or are followed by death within 30 days.
05/03/2018
Some hospice industry experts were taken aback by CMS’ latest analysis of service intensity add-on (SIA) payment data. The analysis raises a red flag, because CMS contends hospices aren’t providing enough visits at the end of patients’ lives.
05/03/2018
The hospice industry is expected to receive about $340 million in increased payments in 2019, according to CMS’ proposed hospice payment rule posted April 27 on the Federal Register. That’s nearly twice the payment increase in 2018.
03/19/2018
Take steps to bolster the documentation your hospice provides to support patients’ eligibility and for the level of hospice care you bill.
03/12/2018
L543 (Plan of care) was the most common citation during hospice surveys in 2017, while two other issues involving the content of the plan of care (L545 and L547) ranked among the top six, CMS data show.

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