CMS Provides Home Health and Hospice Updates in September 2022 Open Door Forum

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On September 21st, CMS hosted an Open Door Forum for Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers. Read a full article on the key announcements made during the call.

LeadingAge Hospice Member Network Call

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Join us on Tuesday, October 11th, at 1:00 PM CT, for the Hospice Member Network call. Members will be joined by staff from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to discuss the new...

Prepare Your Organization for the Evolving Home Health and Hospice Environments

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LeadingAge members have free access to the results of the 2021-2022 National Healthcare at Home Best Practices and Future Insights Study. Join Lindsay Doak, Senior Manager at BerryDunn and owner of the study, as...

Hospice Preview Reports Available for the November 2022 Refresh

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Hospices can now access the latest Provider Preview Reports via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) application. Providers have 30 days to review their quality measure results, after the first 30-day preview period, the...

Hospice Member Network Recap Available

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LeadingAge’s Hospice Member Network met on August 9, 2022, to hear from staff from Abt Associates who are recruiting hospices for beta testing of the HOPE tool. The network also reviewed the FY2023 Hospice...

CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Submission Deadline in Two Weeks

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The data submission deadline for hospice patients that passed away in January, February, and March 2022 (Quarter 1 2022) is August 10, 2022. Survey vendors are responsible for successfully submitting files by 11:59 PM...

CMS Looking for More Hospices to Test HOPE Tool

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CMS and their contractor, Abt Associates, are recruiting additional Medicare-certified hospice providers to participate in a beta test of the draft hospice patient assessment instrument called Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Recruitment is...

How Does Your Hospice Promote Health Equity?

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CMS recently published the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Hospice Wage Index proposed rule. LeadingAge will submit comments on the proposed rule and we encourage members to do so as well, paying particular attention to the...

LeadingAge Hospice Member Network Call

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Join us on Tuesday, May 10th, at 1:00 PM CT, for the Hospice Member Network call. We’ll be discussing LeadingAge’s response to the FY2023 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule and how members can respond...

Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life Clarification

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On April 14, 2022, CMS inadvertently posted an announcement about the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsement of the claims-based measure, Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life, or HVLDLas NQF #3645. At this time NQF...

MLN Clarifies Hospice Aggregate & Inpatient Caps Under VBID

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In an MLN article this week, CMS clarifies that Medicare patients enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plans that are participating in the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model’s Hospice Benefit Component cannot be included in a hospice’s aggregate &...

Hospice PEPPER Reports Now Available

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The hospice PEPPER reports were released recently. These reports are an educational tool that summarizes individual hospice data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments pre-CMS guidance. The data...