Hospice
06/03/2021
After a year of restrictions placed on health care organizations, many hospice agencies are ready to accept volunteers again.
04/22/2021
Hospices should prepare for changes to the quality measures that will be publicly displayed on Care Compare as detailed in the proposed hospice payment rule.
02/25/2021
As CMS looks to introduce new measures focused on care delivery, hospice providers should review their claims data to identify areas where they may be underperforming.
02/04/2021
Hospices have reported struggling with obtaining from patients or their representatives the election statement addendums, a new requirement that took effect in January as a condition of payment.
11/12/2020
CMS released the draft Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.0 on Oct. 8, 2020, and agencies should take note that Section O, the “hospice visits when death is imminent” measure pair, is being removed from the manual to make way for the new measure.
10/22/2020
Some Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) will expand their benefits in 2021, including offering increased access to palliative care and integrated hospice care to enrollees.
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).

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