New Hospice Discharge Code

For claims with dates of service on or after Jan. 1, 2009, hospices should report the condition code H2 on claims when Medicare beneficiaries are discharged for cause according to the hospice’s documented policy addressing discharges for cause. Discharge for cause identifies a discharge from the provider’s care, not from the Medicare hospice benefit. For details, read transmittal 1558, CR6115, dated July 18, on the CMS Web site.

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