In Audit
Aug 15th, 2017
Effective June 15, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) now updates its Work Plan website monthly. The OIG Work Plan sets forth various projects — including OIG audits and evaluations that are underway or planned — to be addressed during the fiscal year and beyond by OIG’s Office of Audit Services and Office of ...
Aug 2nd, 2017
Hospices that are successful quality reporters will fair better. CMS filed a final rule in the Federal Register on Aug. 1, updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018). The final rule includes new quality measures and provides an update on ...
Jun 26th, 2017
Be sure your facility is ready for the new emergency preparedness requirements by the Nov. 15, 2017 compliance date. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has instituted new emergency preparedness requirements for health facilities, long-term care facilities, hospices, large physician practices/clinics, psychiatric residential treatment centers, and community mental health centers, ...
It’s been a rough 2016-2017 influenza season, to be sure, and it’s not over, yet. The CDC recommends clinicians continue vaccination efforts as long as flu viruses are circulating. As of Feb. 3, approximately 145 million doses of influenza vaccine had been distributed in the United States — enough to vaccinate nearly half of the U.S. population. ...
In Billing
Aug 15th, 2016
Final changes to the hospice quality reporting program, along with new wage index, payment rates, and cap amounts for 2017 have been announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The rule looks to the future, as well, describing a new data collection instrument. This is important with two new quality measures — ...