Hospice News Digest 5-21-2018

5-21-2018 Hospice Blog

  1. Registration Open for Hospice Quality Reporting Program Data Submission and Reporting Webinar, May 30, 2018
  2. Listen to the NHPCO’s Podcast: FY 2019 Proposed Rule
  3. The J15 Part A Claims Processing Issues Log has been updated
  4. Free Education from CMS on Electronically Submitting the Cost Report Package
  5. Fewer Patients with Renal Disease Receiving Hospice
  6. Home Health Care News report on CMS’ Rural Health Strategy Plan to Maximize Telehealth Benefits
  7. HIS Freeze Date is May 15
  8. Hospice Care Quarterly Refresh Available
  9. Hospice PEPPER Reminder
  10. NHPCO NewsBriefs for May 17, 2018

 

  1. Registration Open for Hospice Quality Reporting Program Data Submission and Reporting Webinar, May 30, 2018

Via CMS: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar for hospice providers on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

The focus of the webinar will be to help providers understand the reports that are available through the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, as well as to understand and access the information contained within these reports.   The webinar focuses on how to navigate the CASPER (Certification And Survey Provider Enhanced Reports) system and will include a live demonstration, an introduction of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and CAHPS® Provider Preview Reports, and a brief review of information available in previously released reports.”

Register for the webinar here.

 

  1. Listen to the NHPCO’s Podcast: FY2019 Proposed Rule

Via the NHPCO regarding the podcast: “The Proposed Rule is something that impacts every provider who relies on Medicare reimbursement. It’s not just about your rates. In the FY2019 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule, CMS is tipping us off on issues of importance and what may lie ahead. Jennifer covers the quality aspects of the rule, Judi focuses on compliance and Jon R. shares Dr. Mike’s top summer health tip.” Listen here.

Did you see the NHPCO’s Regulatory Alert regarding the FY2019 Hospice Wage Index

 

  1. The J15 Part A Claims Processing Issues Log has been updated

Find out more about the update from CGS here.

 

  1. Free Education from CMS on Electronically Submitting the Cost Report Package

Via 5/14 NAHC Report: “In early May, CMS held a webcast to demonstrate use of the new Medicare Cost Report e-Filing System (MCReF), which became an option for electronically submitting the cost report package beginning at 4 p.m. on May 1, 2018.  Effective July 2, 2018, MCReF will be the ONLY means by which providers may electronically submit their Medicare cost report, although providers retain the right to submit cost report packages via mail or hand delivery.”

May 1 Webcast Audio Recording  May 1 Webcast Presentation Slides May 1 Webcast Transcript”

Read more here.

 

  1. Fewer Patients with Renal Disease Receiving Hospice

From 5/14 NAHC Report: “Many Medicare patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are not receiving hospice care, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine.” Read the full NAHC article here.

 

  1. Home Health Care News report on CMS’ Rural Health Strategy Plan to Maximize Telehealth Benefits

Read the article from Home Health Care News here.

 

  1. HIS Freeze Date is May 15

Via CMS: “The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the August 2018 Hospice Compare refresh is May 15, 2018.”

To find out more from CMS about freeze dates see Public Reporting: Key Dates for Providers.

For a fact sheet on how agencies can use CASPERs read CASPER QM Reports Fact Sheet.

NAHC Report article regarding HIS Freeze Date May 15.

 

  1. Hospice Care Quarterly Refresh Available

Via CMS: “The May 2018 quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data is now available. It is based on Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from data collected Q3 2016 – Q2 2017 and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey® results reported Q3 2015 – Q2 2017. We invite you to visit Hospice Compare to view the data.

For more information, view the CMS Hospice Quality Public Reporting webpage.”

  1. Hospice PEPPER Reminder

Remember that the 2018 Hospice PEPPER was published in April. Your Hospice PEPPER has invaluable data to help agencies predict whether their billing practices put them at risk of scrutiny. Of Utah’s 86 hospices, only 12 have accessed their PEPPER data. That’s just 13.95%!

Go here to access your Hospice PEPPER as well as free training in how to use it now.

 

  1. NHPCO NewsBriefs for May 17, 2018

Go here for the May 17 edition of the NHPCO’s weekly NewsBriefs.