Required Hospice GIP Documentation

By Leslie Heagy / Posted on: February 4, 2019

General Inpatient (GIP) Care is one of the four levels of care available to patients who elect the Medicare Hospice Benefit. When may GIP level of care be appropriate? When is it NOT appropriate to use GIP level of care?


Agencies at Risk for Missing FIPS Codes

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / 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.