Hospice
02/27/2019
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.
02/21/2019
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.
02/06/2019
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.
01/02/2019
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.
12/12/2018
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.
11/01/2018
Agencies have continued to improve in nearly every Home Health Compare measure included within value-based purchasing.
10/04/2018
CMS feels it’s necessary to develop a comprehensive, standardized patient assessment tool for the hospice industry.
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.

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