Hospice
10/13/2022
Hospices looking to stay ahead of quality concerns are focusing their attention on key performance indicators (KPIs).
10/07/2022
A beta test of the HOPE tool is expected to wrap in the spring. CMS has also provided fresh information on the development of a special focus program to address poor-performing hospices.
08/18/2022
Hospice agencies are being held to the fire by auditors recently due to the return to regular surveys that were on hold during the start of the pandemic and recent attention from OIG.
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.

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