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FY2020 Hospice Final Rule: Changes to Hospice Reimbursement

By Leslie Heagy / Posted on: September 10, 2019

The rule rebases the continuous home care, general inpatient care and the inpatient respite care per diem payment rates in a budget-neutral manner to more accurately align Medicare payments with the cost of providing care. In addition, the rule modifies the election statement by requiring an addendum that includes information aimed at increasing coverage transparency for patients under a hospice election. Finally, this rule includes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.

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PDGM Series: The 2020 Proposed Rule Update

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: August 27, 2019

January 1, 2020 will bring many new beginnings, including the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). No doubt the largest reimbursement system overhaul in home health since October 2000.
CMS continues to tweak the model and updates to the Claims Processing Manuals have begun.

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OASIS-D1 Update & PDGM Impact

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: July 1, 2019

CMS has announced that the revised OASIS-D1 instruments will be effective January 1, 2020. Changes to the OASIS-D data set and data collection guidance were finalized in the Calendar Year (CY) 2019 HH Final Rule, CMS 1689-FC.

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Targeted Probe & Educate (TPE): Top 5 Hospice Denial Reasons

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: May 30, 2019

As long as hospices are carefully documenting the details of each patient’s clinical situation and each patient meets the eligibility requirements for hospice care—these denials are avoidable. Don’t be the hospice that gets technical denials for careless mistakes, like incorrect format of the election statement or completing CTIs with boxed/canned statements that are not specific to the patient.

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