Hospices should examine how they handle visits in the final days of life in light of a new publicly reported measure introduced with the August release of Hospice Compare data.
Hospices shouldn’t delay preparations for election statement modifications and a new election statement addendum requirement finalized in the 2020 hospice payment rule.
CMS proposals to modify the election statement and require an election statement addendum will add significant burden for hospices, according to several public comments submitted to CMS during the comment period that ended June 18.
CMS’ latest quarterly refresh of Hospice Compare data comes with additional information designed to let consumers know more detail about specific hospices.
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.


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