The retooling of the Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART) is a significant development. CMS has been moving rather expeditiously on the HEART tool, and it is believed the tool is one of the key components necessary for future changes in hospice including payment refinement.
CMS recently released MLN Matters SE18007 which details recent and upcoming improvements to Medicare hospice billing. Two recent improvements – Electronic Submission of the Notice of Election (NOE) and Correcting Election or Revocation Dates using Occurrence Code 56 – are summarized and additional upcoming improvements are addressed.
ICD-10-CM implementation brought about many changes related to our coding world. However, several things remained the same and it is important to remember the constant factors that have not changed. Coding has always been important in home care, but is increasingly being scrutinized. Stay ahead of the game and ensure that your coding is up to par.