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Hospice Insider – an AAPC eNewsletter

Keeping up with hospice regulations, reimbursement guidelines, federal audit targets, and industry updates can be daunting. Your monthly e-subscription to Hospice Insider makes it easy.

Stay Prepared and Profitable with Hospice Insider

Tap into insider know-how and get the help you need to mitigate compliance risks and reimbursement challenges.

Our experts show you how to meet quality reporting requirements, stay off the TPE’s radar, and navigate hospice payment updates and regulatory revamps.

Each monthly issue of this invaluable resource delivers to-the-point guidance, best practices, and essential action items to keep you and your team up to speed on critical developments.

Ensure your hospice runs smoothly, efficiently, and profitably. Stay on top of the hospice cap, Hospice Compare, the HEART assessment tool, electronic NOE submissions, and more.

3 Extra Reasons to Subscribe to Hospice Insider

  • Timesaver: No more wading through web pages and obscure language to find the information you need. It’s all in Hospice Insider, written in everyday English.
  • Comprehensive Resource: Your e-subscription includes unlimited access to our online clearinghouse of regulatory insights and how-to solutions to ensure your hospice runs efficiently and profitably.
  • Real-World Q&A: Benefit from expert answers to questions asked by your peers.

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Non-coding healthcare newsletters provide up-to-the-minute news on changes in federal regulations governing reimbursement and legislative developments. You’ll find ways to navigate often dense government-speak and learn how to apply regulatory changes to your practice or agency.

The knowledge disseminated in each newsletter issue can help protect your practice or business from costly mistakes and even help boost your revenue with guidance on the best ways to:

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Healthcare Business Monthly is a broad-scope publication that provides information on a range of topics, including human-interest stories based on coders. It also covers healthcare issues beyond coding, compliance, or post-acute care — such as front-desk etiquette, keeping the office clean, etc.

Coding newsletters, more focused than Healthcare Business Monthly, exclusive cover coding, billing, and regulations for the title specialty.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters dig into the regulatory news pertaining to healthcare. These are up-to-the-minute publications. You won’t find such in-depth information for compliance, practice management, MDS, home health, or hospice in Healthcare Business Monthly.

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Throughout the year, all newsletters contain updates to codes and coding guidelines that are vital to new and veteran coders. From articles on code changes and quarterly National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits to discussions of ad-hoc guideline changes issued by CMS and other agencies, newsletters keep coders informed and current. Having a specialty-focused publication addressing and analyzing updates is an important tool for every coder.

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You’ll also find newsletters dedicated to compliance, practice management, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, and Medicare Part B. These newsletters are beneficial to practice managers, billing/coding staff, Minimum Data Set nurses, clinicians, and administrators.

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Medical Coding

Anesthesia Coding Alert

Monthly

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Monthly

E/M Coding Alert

Monthly

ED Coding Alert

Monthly

Gastroenterology Coding Alert

Monthly

General Surgery Coding Alert

Monthly

ICD-10 Coding Alert

Monthly

Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert

Monthly

Neurosurgery Coding Alert

Monthly

Ob-gyn Coding Alert

Monthly

Oncology/Hematology Coding Alert

Monthly

Optometry/Ophthalmology Coding Alert

Monthly

Orthopedic Coding Alert

Monthly

Otolaryngology Coding Alert

Monthly

Path/Lab Coding Alert

Monthly

Pediatric Coding Alert

Monthly

Podiatry Coding and Billing Alert

Monthly

Primary Care Coding Alert

Monthly

Pulmonology Coding Alert

Monthly

Radiology Coding Alert

Monthly

Urology Coding Alert

Monthly

Compliance

Health Information Compliance Alert

Monthly

Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement

Biweekly

Part B Insider

Monthly

Practice Management Alert

Monthly

Post-Acute

Home Care Week

Weekly

Hospice Insider

Monthly

MDS Alert

Monthly

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Stay away from the Special Focus Program, which will bring surveys every 6 months. Don’t lose track of the sweeping hospice survey changes just because they are contained in the home health proposed rule for 2022. Background: The Consolidated Appropriations Act enacted last December requires a variety of significant hospice survey changes. The law followed two high-profile HHS Office of [...]

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CMPs, payment suspensions most punishing of surveyors’ new tools. Get ready to pay up to $10K per day, or lose Medicare payments altogether, if your next survey isn’t perfect. That’s what could happen under the hospice survey changes Medicare proposed in the home health rule, which are likely to be finalized nearly as-is. Reminder: The Consolidated Appropriations Act enacted last [...]

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Hospices join the push to get as many vaccinated as possible. The federal government’s goal of increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in the face of the Delta surge and new eight-month booster shots may get a helping hand from a newly revised payment policy. Old way: Effective in June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services implemented “a new add-on payment [...]

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Plus: GAO keeps an eye on MA disenrollments at end of life. As the Medicare Advantage carve-in of hospice patients proceeds, a data point from a recent Government Accountability Office report on MA plan disenrollment may give some context to the issue. In 2015, the percent of MA plan enrollees who disenrolled from the plan in their last year of [...]

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