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HOSPICE NEWS REPORTS ON PRESENTATION BY RYAN LINDSAY

Volume 21.04 This week Ryan Lindsay, CPA, Director at The Health Group, LLC, spoke at the Annual Meeting of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (“NHPCO”).  His presentation, “Amazon Will Change How Hospices Do Business”, was reported on by Hospice...

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MORE HOSPICES EXCEED HOSPICE CAP IN 2020 CAP YEAR

Volume 21.02 After preparing substantial numbers of self-determined CAP Report filings for the 2020 CAP Year and CAP liability assessment reports for hospices across the country, it is increasingly obvious to us that greater numbers of hospices are exceeding hospice...

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MEDICARE PROGRAM REVALIDATIONS

Volume 21.01 We continually receive questions regarding Medicare enrollment revalidations.  CMS has temporarily ceased revalidation efforts for all Medicare providers or suppliers.  During the public health emergency, CMS will not issue any new revalidation notices,...

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MEDPAC CONTINUES TO PURSUE 20% CAP REDUCTION

Volume 20.16 At the recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”), the matter of wage adjusting the Medicare Aggregate Payment Limitation (“CAP”) and reducing the CAP by an arbitrary 20% was again discussed as MedPAC moves toward making its...

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CMS UPDATES MEDICAID HOSPICE PAYMENT RATES

Volume 20.15 On September 14, 2020, CMS released Medicaid payment rates for FY 2021 (beginning October 1, 2020).  The Medicaid hospice payment rates are calculated based on the annual hospice rates established under Medicare.  These rates are authorized by section...

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2020-2021 MEDICARE HOSPICE PAYMENT RATES FINALIZED

Volume 20.14 On July 31, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the final FY2021 hospice payment rule (“Rule”).  The national hospice payment rates, subject to geographical application, and the hospice CAP will increase by 2.4%...

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THE HOSPICE COST REPORT AND COVID-19 PHE EXPENSES

Volume 20.13 The Hospice Cost & Data Report (“Cost Report”) was substantially modified in 2014 to facilitate the accumulation of hospice costs by level of care (“LOC”), as well as capture other information, which can be used in establishing Medicare reimbursement...

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REPORTING TELEHEALTH COSTS

Volume 20.09 To better address the needs of patients during the COVID-19 PHE, hospices can provide telehealth services to patients receiving routine home care if feasible and appropriate.  Additionally, face-to-face encounters can now be conducted by telehealth....

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PROPOSED HOSPICE PAYMENT RULE RELEASED

Volume 20.08 The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has released the proposed 2021 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, which is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on April 15, 2020. This proposed rule would update the...

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