Hospice
08/11/2022
The most common reason for denial of Hospice General Inpatient Care (GIP) under a recent review was “Hospice General Inpatient Reduction — Services not reasonable and necessary.”
06/23/2022
Hospice agencies should ensure education surrounding the relevance of medications to control pain, anxiety, agitation and other symptoms that impact patients’ quality of life.
06/02/2022
Hospices should consider refreshing their volunteer programs with new recruitment efforts and personal protective equipment (PPE) training as CMS has started to reverse its pandemic waivers in other health care segments.
03/31/2022
Hospice agencies have long advocated for reimbursement for remote patient monitoring (RPM), and some are now finding that offering palliative care support for other health care providers may present an avenue for reimbursement for such services.
02/24/2022
CMS has issued new guidance around transfers from one hospice to another that prevents a gap in services, even if one day, to be considered a transfer.
02/03/2022
The OIG is eyeing patient eligibility in hospices as the focus of an upcoming review.
11/18/2021
Hospice providers need to refresh survey protocols and update staff on the new rules around surveyor practices and the consequences for providers out of compliance.
10/14/2021
CMS recently responded to questions about calculating and reporting claims-based measures as part of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.
08/30/2021
There has been a gradual shift in the top reported principal diagnoses used for hospice care in recent years, and industry experts say CMS may be looking into this shift (involving some diagnoses with longer lengths of stay) as a sign of misuse of this service.
08/30/2021
Recent data on the most common hospice principal diagnoses show a shift leaning more toward increasing numbers of neurological disease.

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