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INCLUSION OF THE HOSPICE BENEFIT IN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

Currently the Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group of the Senate Finance Committee is considering requiring the inclusion of the Hospice Benefit in Medicare Advantage Plans (“Plans”).  The idea for inclusion of hospice in these plans is generally credited to MedPAC, which recommended legislation to incorporate hospice into Plans in 2013.  This is a significant issue of immediate importance. The National …

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Hospice CAP Update 2012

The Medicare program has released, effective July 2, 2012, a new addition to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual. The new addition, “Caps and Limitations on Hospice Payment”, provides detailed information regarding the two methods for computing the aggregate payment cap (“CAP”), the transition from the historical streamlined method to the proportional method, and elections available to hospices. MLN Matters ®Number …

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THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD (BAD IDEA WITH POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES)

The Independent Payment Advisory Board (“IPAB”) was established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”).  The IPAB will be comprised of 15 individuals appointed by the President.  The responsibility of the IPAB is to make recommendations to Congress that must be acted on within a designated time frame or the recommendations become law.  Bad idea; think about it: …

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Medicare Revalidation Alert

MEDICARE REVALIDATION ALERT Section 6401(a) of the Affordable Care Act (“ACT”) established a requirement for all enrolled providers and suppliers to revalidate their enrollment information under new enrollment screening criteria.  This revalidation effort applies to those providers and suppliers that were enrolled prior to March 25, 2011.  Newly enrolled providers and suppliers that submitted their enrollment applications to CMS on …

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Hospice CAP Update

Assistance in Managing Your Hospice CAP Annual payments by the Medicare program to a hospice for services to Medicare program beneficiaries are subject to a cap on aggregate payments (“CAP”), which is prescribed by law.  Each year (November 1st through October 31st) payments made by the Medicare program are compared against the CAP and, to the extent payments exceed the …

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MEETING VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICARE CERTIFIED HOSPICES

MEETING VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICARE CERTIFIED HOSPICES

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HFS Info

Health Financial Systems Since 1982, Health Financial Systems (HFS) has been developing and marketing CMS approved Medicare cost reporting software to assist health care facilities to meet their governmental reporting requirements.  HFS Medicare Cost Report software is used to prepare more cost reports than any other cost report system, making HFS the largest automated cost report vendor in the United …

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Inquisit Info

The Group is pleased to be utilizing Inquisit for continuing education support and Webinar coordination.  As a continuing education/medical education (CE/CME) provider, Inquisit provides high quality, cost-effective education programs to physicians, registered nurses and pharmacists as well as other healthcare professionals.  With a menu that includes live and online programs, Inquisit has continued to meet the needs of healthcare professionals …

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