Archives: 2024, April

Monday Minute with Melinda

Deadline Extended for Physician Enrollment in PECOS System

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 29, 2024

CMS announced on Friday, April 26, that the deadline for PECOS enrollment for attending and certifying physicians in hospice has been extended. Initially, the 2024 Hospice Final Rule stipulated that by May 1, 2024, all attending and certifying physicians, including MDs, DOs, and DPMs, needed to be registered in PECOS or be opted out.

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OASIS Updates & Guidance Manual Changes

Quarter One 2024 OASIS Updates & Guidance Manual Changes

By Jennifer Osburn, RN, HCS-D, COS-C / Posted on: April 24, 2024

2024 ushered in a myriad of changes implemented by the Home Health Final Rule as well as annual updates to the OASIS Guidance Manual. Since so much of our industry’s performance and quality assurance practices rely on data, these updates are important to implement to ensure we are reflecting the care we are delivering accurately.

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Monday Minute with Melinda

Understanding the Proposed Adjustments to CAHPS Hospice Surveys

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 22, 2024

CAHPS Hospice Surveys have been a longstanding component of the hospice program. These surveys have presented challenges for hospices, not only in terms of their content but also in securing the responses needed to make an impact on outcome measures. In the 2025 Hospice Proposed Rule, many proposed adjustments to CAHPS Hospice Surveys are on the table.

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Monday Minute with Melinda

Important Updates to Interpretive Guidelines for Home Health Surveys

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 16, 2024

In the March update, several changes have been made to the Interpretive Guidelines for Home Health Surveys. From clarifications to comprehensive assessments to nuanced adjustments in infection prevention protocols, each change adds layers of complexity for agencies striving for excellence in home health care delivery.

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Monday Minute with Melinda

Take Action Today: Two Ways to Support your Home Health Agency’s Future

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 8, 2024

Healthcare Provider Solutions is requesting your participation in two important endeavors that are tailored to support your home health agency now and in the future. The first request is the Medicare Advantage Survey and the second is to attend NACH Spring Advocacy Day.

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Hospice Proposed Rule

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 1, 2024 VIEW POST