Hospice
08/26/2020
A new bill introduced to Congress August 4, 2020, would extend the five-day maximum to 15 days for respite care and would allow it in the home when a caregiver can’t provide care resulting from illness or isolation.
05/06/2020
CMS released an updated memo on April 24 to state surveyors reiterating previous guidance about health care workers entering nursing homes. 
03/19/2020
Hospices saw some of the biggest improvements on the pain assessment measure during the latest refresh of Hospice Compare, and hospices should take note of best practices to see continued success.
12/18/2019
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, hospices will be permitted to accept medication orders from some physician assistants (PAs).
09/04/2019
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.
08/15/2019
Hospices shouldn’t delay preparations for election statement modifications and a new election statement addendum requirement finalized in the 2020 hospice payment rule.
07/03/2019
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.
05/29/2019
CMS’ latest quarterly refresh of Hospice Compare data comes with additional information designed to let consumers know more detail about specific hospices.
05/29/2019
In the May 23 refresh of Hospice Compare, providers nationwide scored 85.3% on the “Hospice and palliative care composite process measure.”
05/06/2019
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.

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