(304) 241-1261 contact@healthgroup.com

News Alerts

HHS REVISES REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDS

Volume 21.08 On June 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) revised the reporting requirements for Provider Relief Funds (“PRF”).  Key updates include: The period of availability of funds is based on the date ...

LONG AWAITED UPDATES TO PRF REPORTING DATES

Volume 21.07 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has released updated reporting requirements for the use of Provider Relief Funds (“PRF”). The period of availability of funds is based on the date the payment is ...

2021 NAHC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

Volume 21.03 Registration is now officially open for the 2021 Financial Management Conference (FMC 2021), the only conference designed specifically for financial professionals in the industry.  FMC 2021 is where future leaders build their ...

HOME HEALTH AGENCIES DEALING WITH NEW COST REPORTING FORMS

Volume 21.02 The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) have significantly revised the Home Health Agency Cost Report, now identified as Form 1728-20.  The new form is to be used for all cost reporting periods beginning on ...

ADVANCE CONFERENCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE

Volume 21.07 The Advance Conference Program and registration information for our upcoming Hospice Financial Management Academy is now available. The program will be held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on September 13-14, 2021.  ...

CMS PROPOSES CHANGE IN LABOR COMPONENT OF HOSPICE RATES

As part of the FY 2022 Hospice Payment Rate Update CMS is proposing to modify the labor component for each of the daily reimbursement rates.  The labor component is the basis for adjusting payment rates based on the location where the hospice ...

CMS RELEASED PROPOSED RULE TO UPDATE HOSPICE PAYMENT RATES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2021

Volume 21.05 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has issued the Proposed Rule, Medicare Program; FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health ...

COVID-19 ACCELERATED AND ADVANCE PAYMENT REPAYMENTS

Volume 21.06 In 2020, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) expanded the availability of Accelerated and Advance Payments to Medicare providers to provide assistance with cash flow during the COVID-19 Public Health ...

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”, ...

EXPECT SEQUESTRATION MORATORIUM TO BE EXTENDED

 Volume 21.01 Yesterday, the Senate passed legislation to extend the two percent (2%) moratorium on sequestration from Medicare payments until December 31, 2021.  The House will not be in session until mid-April, at which time it will be ...

HOSPICE AGGREGATE PAYMENT LIMITATION (“CAP”) INCREASINGLY REDUCING MEDICARE HOSPICE PAYMENTS

Volume 21.03 The Medicare Payment and Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) recently recommended that “For fiscal year 2022, the Congress should eliminate the update to the 2021 Medicare base payment rates for hospice and wage adjust and reduce the ...

COVID-19 PHE AND MEDICARE COST REPORTS

Volume 21.05 We previously reported regarding the impact of the COVID-19 PHE and Medicare cost reports; however, based on numerous inquiries, we are pleased to provide the following information. Filing Deadlines – For cost reports covering

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 ...

New Audit Requirements for Cares Act – Provider Relief Funds

Volume 21.04 The financial assistance received by many healthcare organizations in 2020 was not free of compliance requirements. As most of you know by now, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requiring the recipients of ...

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 ...

CLARIFICATION ON USE OF PRF TO REPAY MEDICARE ADVANCE PAYMENTS

Volume 21.03 On October 8, 2020, CMS issued a Press Release announcing that COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds (“PRF”) could be used to repay obligations incurred because of the Accelerated and Advance Payment program.  We have received numerous ...

CARE FUND REPORTING PORTAL OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Volume 21.02 As you probably know, earlier today the Health Resources & Services Administration (“HRSA”) has opened the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal for registration, but not for reporting the use of Provider Relief Funds (“PRF”). 

COST REPORTING UPDATES COST REPORT EXTENSIONS

Volume 21.01 On January 5, 2021, CMS has updated the list of cost report filing extensions as follows: For all cost reports with cost reporting periods ended on March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, providers are granted an additional ...

CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2021 (OMNIBUS AND CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL)

Volume 20.40 The Omnibus and Coronavirus Relief Bill was passed by Congress on December 21, 2020.  The Bill, over 5,000 pages, titled The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Omnibus and Coronavirus Relief Bill) will directly or indirectly ...

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 ...

CAN LOST REVENUE FROM FUNDRAISING BE CHARGED TO PRF?

Volume 20.39 There has been substantial confusion throughout the healthcare industry regarding expenses and lost revenues which will be eligible for justification of Provider Relief Funds.  With every update from the U.S. Department of Health

WILLIAM T (“Ted”) CUPPETT TO PRESENT FOR HEALTH FINANCIAL SYSTEMS

Volume 20.38 Health Financial Systems (“HFS”) will be holding its virtual 2020 User Meeting on December 7-10, 2020. Ted Cuppett will be presenting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 on “Preparing for Reporting the Use of Provider Relief ...

CMS FINALIZES RULES INTENDED TO UPDATE PHYSICIAN SELF-REFERRAL REGULATIONS

Volume 20.37 Section 1877 of the Social Security Act ("the Act"), also known as the physician self-referral law or “Stark Law” prohibits: A physician from making referrals for certain designated health services (“DHS”) payable by ...

PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS TAX IMPACT WILL BE IN 2020

Volume 20.36 Many healthcare providers are taxable entities and secured PPP loans.  These providers, like other businesses, were taken off guard when the IRS determined that qualifying expenses would not be deductible once loan forgiveness ...

PROVIDERS NEED TO PREPARE NOW FOR REPORTING USE OF PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDSPROVIDERS NEED TO PREPARE NOW FOR REPORTING USE OF PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDS

Volume 20.35 The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has released updated guidance on reporting the use of Provider Relief Funds (“PRF”).  The updates provide some clarification regarding the upcoming reporting. Providers can ...

REPAYMENT TERMS FOR MEDICARE ADVANCE PAYMENTS MODIFIED

Volume 20.34 CMS successfully paid more than 22,000 Part A providers, totaling more than $98 billion in accelerated payments.  This included payments to Part A providers for Part B items and services they furnished.  In addition, more than ...

ADDITIONAL MEDICARE PROVIDER ENROLLMENT SCRUTINY

Volume 20.33 While healthcare providers deal with the COVID-19 PHE, preparing to deal with HHS reporting on the use of Provider Relief Funds, and many other ongoing issues, silently on May 22, 2020, CMS rolled out Transmittal 10146, which ...

PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDING PHASE 3

Volume 20.32 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Under ...

REVISED HOME HEALTH AGENCY COST REPORT RELEASED (FORM 1728-20)

Volume 20.07 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has released the revised Home Health Agency Cost Report, Form CMS-1728-20.  The updated Cost Report will be effective for cost reporting periods beginning on or after ...

PROVIDER RELIEF FUND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS RELEASED

Volume 20.31 HHS has finally issued general reporting requirements for the use of Provider Relief Funding.  This document provides information on provider reporting guidelines, including intent, use of funds, and data elements requested. The ...

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

HHS REPORTING FOR USE OF CARES ACT PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDING?

Volume 20.30 Previously, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued Notice of Reporting Requirements relating to the use of Provider Relief Funds.  HHS informed providers that forms would be available in mid-August 2020 and

CMS RELEASES GUIDANCE ON CERTAIN COVID-19 PHE RELATED ITEMS ON COST REPORT SUBMISSIONS

Volume 20.29 On August 26, 2020, CMS issued an update on COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on some cost report issues.  The following summarizes current CMS guidance. Reporting Provider Relief Funding – All providers are to report ...

COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR – CONSOLIDATION IN HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE: KEY TRANSACTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

Volume 20.28 Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (Thursday, August 13, 2020), Provider Healthcare Partners, along with The Health Group, LLC will be hosting a complimentary webinar on issues relating to home health and hospice mergers and acquisitions.

CMS PROPOSES TO TAKE AWAY ECONOMIC BENEFIT OF PPP LOANS TO CERTAIN RURAL PROVIDERS

Volume 20.27 Recently the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) sent the following notice to Critical Access Hospitals (“CAH”) and Rural Health Clinics (“RHC”): “To prevent the duplication of benefits from the federal government...

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 ...

HHS SETS SCHEDULE FOR REPORTING USE OF PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDS

Volume 20.26 Congress appropriated funding to reimburse eligible health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues attributable to coronavirus. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is administering the

CMS TO RESUME “REVIEW CHOICE DEMONSTRATION”

Volume 20.06 Effective March 29, 2020, certain claims processing for the Review Choice Demonstration (“RCD”) for Home Health Services were paused in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pause, home health ...

COST REPORT FILINGS EXTENDED AGAIN

Volume 20.25 Cost report filings for the cost reporting period ended December 31, 2019 have been further extended from July 31, 2020 until August 31, 2020.  This information has been posted on the CGS website.  Expect further postings from ...

PROVIDER RELIEF FUND RECIPIENTS – NO QUARTERLY REPORTING?

Volume 20.24 The Health Group, LLC never thought that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) would be able to develop a format for reporting use of Provider Relief Funds in time to meet the initially scheduled July 10, 2020 ...

SBA RELEASES UPDATED PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION AND REVISED INTERIM FINAL RULE

Volume 20.23 The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has released its updated Loan Forgiveness Application. Additionally, certain borrowers may qualify for the new Alternative Loan Forgiveness Application. The Loan

WILL YOU BE SUBJECT TO AUDIT AS A RESULT OF PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDING?

Volume 20.22 The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the Provider Relief Fund will be subject to Single Audit requirements. Provider Relief Funding was provided to fund COVID-19 PHE expenses or lost

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 ...

EXPECT EXPANDED PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS

Volume 20.21 Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation (“Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act”).  The legislation will triple the time allotted for PPP loan recipients to spend the ...

HHS PROVIDES ADDITIONAL CLARIFICATION REGARDING PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDS

Volume 20.20 The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has released additional information regarding, among other things, the appropriate use of Provider Relief Funds.  According to HHS: “The term “health care related expenses ...

OIG TO REVIEW HOW PROVIDER RELIEF FUNDS WERE DISTRIBUTED

Volume 20.19 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has added “Audit of CARES Act Provider Relief Funds-Distribution of $50 Billion to Health Care Providers” to the OIG Work Plan.  It ...

SBA RELEASES PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION

Volume 20.18 On Friday, May 15, 2020, the SBA released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.  A copy of the application and instructions is available here. The Application sets forth the documentation required to verify expenses for ...

COVID-19 PHE SERVICE MODIFICATION (WHAT COULD BE THE LONG-TERM IMPACT?)

Volume 20.05 Home health providers, like other providers, are dealing with a vast array of service changes resulting from the COVID-19 PHE.  Strategic planning for the future must include consideration of the permanent service and revenue ...

COVID-19 PHE EXPENSES (SEPARATELY IDENTIFED IN THE ACCOUNTING RECORDS)

Volume 20.11 In support of the Provider Relief Funding received by hospices, COVID-19 PHE incremental expenses incurred are now required reporting on a quarterly basis.  These expenses, as well as lost revenues, will be reported as a use of ...

UPCOMING NHPCO WEBINAR ON PPP AND CARES ACT FUNDING

Volume 20.10 The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (“NHPCO”) is offering a webinar intended to address the legal, accounting, and financial reporting aspects of the PPP SBA Guaranteed Loan Program and the Provider Relief ...