Today’s Blog Content:

News

Hospice Provider Preview Reports: Review Your Data by March 31

Promoting Interoperability Listening Session: Audio Recording and Transcript

Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program: Submit a Measure Proposal by June 28

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program: Become a Medicare Enrolled Supplier

Influenza Activity Continues: Are Your Patients Protected?

Affordable Care Act, Section 1557: Nondiscrimination Provision

Curated tools drawn from best practices in palliative care program design

Participate in CHAP’s Survey

Events

Top 25 HR Mistakes & How to Prevent Them by Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC webinar Thursday at 1 P.M.

You are Invited to the 2019 Utah Health Services Research Meeting

The Hospice Medical Director’s Role April 6th CME seminar

3/5 Chat recording

Interest Items

Industry News Articles


News

Hospice Provider Preview Reports: Review Your Data by March 31

Via CMS: “Two reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder:

      • Hospice provider preview report: Review Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from the third quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018
      • Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey provider preview report: Review facility-level CAHPS survey results from the third quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2018

Review your HIS and CAHPS results by March 31. If you believe the denominator or other HIS quality metric is inaccurate or if there are errors in the results from the CAHPS survey data, request a CMS review:

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Promoting Interoperability Listening Session: Audio Recording and Transcript

Via CMS: “An audio recording and transcript are available for the March 5 Medicare Learning Network listening session on the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule. Learn about the provisions that impact you and get information to help you develop comments for formal submission.”

Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program: Submit a Measure Proposal by June 28

Via CMS: “The Annual Call for Measures for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program is open. Submit a measure proposal by June 28. Proposals will be considered for inclusion in future rulemaking.

CMS is interested in adding measures that:

    • Build on the advanced use of certified electronic health record technology using 2015 edition certification standards and criteria
    • Promote interoperability and health information exchange
    • Improve program efficiency, effectiveness, and flexibility
    • Provide patient access to their health information
    • Reduce clinician burden
    • Align with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Promoting Interoperability performance category

Applicants should also consider:

    • Health IT activities that may be attested to in lieu of traditional reporting
    • Potential new opioid use disorder prevention and treatment related measures
    • Measurable outcomes demonstrating greater efficiency in costs or resource use that can be linked to the use of health IT-enabled processes

For More Information:

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program: Become a Medicare Enrolled Supplier

Via CMS: “Medicare pays Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) suppliers to furnish group-based intervention to at-risk Medicare beneficiaries:

      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum
      • Up to 2 years of sessions delivered to groups of eligible beneficiaries

Find out how to become a Medicare enrolled MDPP supplier:

Separate NPI for MDPP Enrollment:

We strongly encourage you to obtain a separate National Provider Identifier (NPI) for MDPP enrollment; claim rejections and denials may occur if multiple enrollments are associated with a single NPI. If you are a currently enrolled MDPP supplier that elects to obtain a separate NPI, update your enrollment in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) with the new NPI. Contact your Medicare Administrative Contractor for assistance if:

      • Your organization is unable to obtain a separate NPI
      • You continue to encounter claims submission and processing issues after you update your enrollment with the new NPI

For More Information:

Influenza Activity Continues: Are Your Patients Protected?

Via CMS: “People over 65 are at a greater risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. It is not too late to get vaccinated – to help protect your patients, your staff, and yourself.

Medicare Part B covers the influenza virus vaccine once per influenza season. Medicare covers additional influenza vaccines if medically necessary.

You may also want to recommend the pneumococcal vaccine during the same visit. Medicare covers:

      • An initial pneumococcal vaccine for Medicare beneficiaries who never received the vaccine under Medicare Part B
      • A different, second pneumococcal vaccine 1 year after the first vaccine was administered

For More Information:

Affordable Care Act, Section 1557: Nondiscrimination Provision

Via HealthCare ConsultLink: “In an effort to better serve our clients, HealthCare ConsultLink has reviewed all of the information from the Office for Civil Rights regarding the new regulations related to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We have provided links below with samples of nondiscrimination notices, tag lines, the “Office for Civil Rights Table of Top 15 Languages by State”, and frequently asked questions regarding Section 1557 of the ACA.

Under Section 1557 of the ACA, agencies are required to post notices of nondiscrimination. The agency is also required to post tag lines in the top 15 languages spoken in the state. The tag lines will alert individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP), to the availability of language assistance services. The agency should also include the notice of nondiscrimination and the tag line document in the admit pack.

The translated resources are available for use by an agency and they can be found at www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/translated-resources/index.html.

Please find the top 15 languages spoken by individuals with limited English proficiency at www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/resources-for-covered-entities-top-15-languages-list.pdf.

Please find the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Section 1557 of the ACA from the Office for Civil Rights at www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/section-1557-proposed-rule-faqs.

For more information, please contact HealthCare ConsultLink by email at info@hc-link.com or by phone at (888) 258-1894.”

Curated tools drawn from best practices in palliative care program design

Via CAPC: “As a CAPC member, you have exclusive access to over 500 ready-to-use tools, developed by national leaders and experts. Drawn from best practices in palliative care program design, CAPC toolkits are curated, proven resources for building or strengthening your program. Use the toolkits to access tutorials, case studies, downloadable tools, and presentations.

Whatever your setting or stage of program development and growth, there is a toolkit that can help. Find information on:

View the toolkits here…

Participate in CHAP’s Survey

Via CHAP: “CHAP is gearing up to release the 2019 Hospice Standards of Excellence and we want to know more about your education needs! Please take this 5 minute survey and let us know what your needs are so we can serve you better. Specifically, the results of the survey will be used to improve customer service, product offerings, and how relevant the education content is to your needs.”

Take the survey here…

Remember that agencies that belong to UHPCO or UAHC receive CHAP discounts.

Events

Top 25 HR Mistakes & How to Prevent Them

by Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC webinar Thursday at 1 P.M.

Learn about compliance issues in the hospice and home care environment, including employee travel time and per-visit pay. This webinar will go beyond wage and hour laws to other common issues, such as discrimination and/or harassment that occurs in the patient’s home or is committed by the patient – including how to respond to discriminatory staffing requests.

Learn about the importance of following discipline and discharge policies and the ramifications of making exceptions for employees in sympathetic situations. In addition, you’ll learn about accommodations, properly handling FMLA, salary-related mistakes, and compliance strategies to help agency employers avoid common mistakes.Continuing Education: Attendance verification for CE credits upon request.

You are Invited to the 2019 Utah Health Services Research Meeting

Via HealthInsight: “Thank you in advance for your support of Community Engagement in Research. Once again, we are inviting you to attend the Health Services Research Meeting that will feature national keynote, Dr. Patricia Jones, D.Ph., MPH, Program Director, Division of Clinical Innovation, National Center for Advancing Translational Science, National Institutes of Health as well as local presenters on their work on how to better engage patients to improve outcomes.
 
Also the fast-paced Meeting of the Minds dinner and networking event will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church on April 3rd. We feature nine presentations (only 6 minutes each) from community organizations ready to engage researchers and from researchers ready to partner with patients and communities. Check out the attached agenda for the exciting topics and presenters.
 
All the details for registration for both events are here https://healthinsight.org/hsrconference and please forward to your networks that might be interested in attending.”

The Hospice Medical Director’s Role Seminar 4.6

The hospice medical director is the leader of the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, and is responsible for the medical management of the hospice patient. Does your medical director really understand his/her role and responsibilities?  If you can’t say yes with absolute confidence, then make sure he/she attends the April 6th CME seminar designed specifically for educating the hospice physician, NPs, PAs and other hospice professional attends the April 6th CME seminar designed specifically for educating the hospice physician, NPs, PAs and other hospice professionals.

3/5 Chat recording

Via NHPCO: “In case you missed it…or…want to share with your team! Click below to watch the recording from the March 5 NCHPP Integrative & Rehabilitation Therapies Section Chat ‘Holistic Approach to Palliative & Hospice Care for Parkinson’s Disease & Parkinson’s Plus Syndromes‘”

Access recording here…

Interest Items

Industry News Articles

Via Ellen Almond’s Home Health Media Clips 3-22-2019:
 

Home Health Care Saves $7,313 Per Patient Over Hospitalization After ER Visits  Home Health Care News

CMS: About 250 Providers Left Bundled Pay Demo, Almost 1,300 Stay  Inside Health Policy

Think Tanks Push Site-Neutral Pay, Providers Want Fewer Regulations  Inside Health Policy

Why healthcare is facing a great hiring challenge: 6 things to know  Becker’s Hospital Review

Geisinger program improves internal communication between doctors  Health Data Management

Via The Carolinas Center’s News of Note 3-22-2019:

Palliative care: A slippery slope for hospice providers?  MultiBriefs  03.18.19

Cultural perceptions impede palliative care in end-stage liver disease  Healio  3.18.19 9

White Paper: “Conversation Ready” – A Framework for Improving End-of-Life Care  The John A. Hartford Foundation  03.20.19