In Billing
May 9th, 2018
Since the implementation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving hospice services has grown from 513,000 in 2000 to nearly 1.5 million in 2017. Over the years, there have been changes in the diagnosis patterns among Medicare hospice enrollees — largely due to changes in coverage. In 2002, lung cancer ...
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. ...