Agencies at Risk for Missing FIPS Codes

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: January 30, 2019

Home Health Agencies across the country are at risk for penalties and recouped claims if the FIPS code is NOT reported on ALL CLAIMS!


New Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure added to Hospice Compare

By Leslie Heagy / Posted on: January 18, 2019

The NEW Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure takes these 7 individual measures and combines them into a single metric. This measure is an “all-or-none” measure, which means that in order to receive credit, the hospice must successfully complete ALL 7 care processes for which the patient is eligible.


Hospice Item Added to OIG Work Plan – Protecting Medicare Hospice Beneficiaries from Harm

By Leslie Heagy / Posted on: January 2, 2019

The OIG released a hospice portfolio report Vulnerabilities in the Medicare Hospice Program Affect Quality Care and Program Integrity in July of 2018, identifying vulnerabilities in the Medicare Hospice Program and made 16 recommendations to CMS to strengthen the hospice program.


2019 Rural Add-On Changes

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: November 30, 2018

As if the changes in the payment system were not enough. Based on the 2019 Medicare Home Health Final Rule, released in early November 2018, the Rural Add-On is being completely revised.