Hospice News Digest 5-30-2018

  1. Key FY2019 Hospice and Hospital Payment Rules — Proposals and Considerations for Comment
  2. What it Takes to Be the Best Case Manager, a webinar by Diane Link, RN June 26, 2018 at 11:00am-noon MST.
  3. RCTCLEARN Webinar Announcement
  4. Hospice PEPPER Retrieval Rates
  5. Inconceivable, Planning for the Unthinkable… Coalition Conference Info
  6. Upcoming Hospice Quality Reporting Program Data Submission and Reporting Webinar
  7. GAO Calls for CMS to Resume Prior Authorization Experiment
  8. NAHC Collaboration with Lippincott Procedures; Seeking Nurse Procedure Writers
  9. May 2018 Quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data is available
  10. Access Help from Experts in 27 Different Elder Care Services at ElderCareMatters.com
  11. House of Representatives Coalescing Around Package of Opioid Proposals
  1. Online link to MLN Connects for 5.24.18
  2. Hospice Overdosed Patients TO ‘Hasten Their Deaths,’ Former Health Care Executive Admits
  3. Judge Overturns California Aid-in-Dying Law
  4. CMS YouTube Video: “Targeted Probe and Educate”
  5. Medicare Administrative Contractor Billing Updates
  6. Study: Per Capita End of Life Care Spending is Falling Rapidly
  7. NAHC is Working to Solve the Workforce Crisis in Home Care & Hospice
  8. Legislative Update

 

1. Key FY2019 Hospice and Hospital Payment Rules — Proposals and Considerations for Comment

Via NAHC Report: Late April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) posted the proposed FY2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.  Instructions for providing comment on the rule are included in the text; they will be accepted through 5 p.m. on June 26, 2018.  In accordance with current law, the rule allows for a 1.8 percent increase in hospice payments, which equates to an increase of $340 million in hospice outlays; it also updates the hospice wage index using the FY2018 hospital pre-floor, pre-reclassified wage index.

Read full article here.

2. What it Takes to Be the Best Case Manager, a webinar by Diane Link, RN June 26, 2018 at 11:00am-noon MST.

Case Manager Brochure Registration PDF

3. RCTCLEARN Webinar Announcement

RCTCLEARN.NET will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 6th at 10:00am MST. RCTCLEARN.NET states the webinars are: “for agencies or training coordinators new to RCTCLEARN.NET and/or new to the My CEU tool for tracking course completions.  The webinars provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the new features on the system as well as discuss ideas on how to introduce or re-introduce the programs.   While designed for new users, they may also be beneficial for existing agencies and training coordinators as well.  Webinars typically last around 15 minutes or a little longer depending on user questions.”

An additional webinar will occur on Wednesday, June 20th at 10:00 am MST.

Participants can sign up here.

4. Hospice PEPPER Retrieval Rates

Theresa Forster, VP for Hospice Policy & Programs recently sent out a reminder to access Hospice PEPPER reports: “Hi, everyone.  Recently the PEPPER folks posted a recording of their April 26 Hospice training as well as the slides and a Q&A document.  We’ll be putting something in NAHC Report (along with the latest national retrieval rates – they’ve gone up about 10% in one month).”

Hospice PEPPER Review Training (held April 26, 2018)

Hospice PEPPER Review Training Slides

Hospice PEPPER Q&A

Hospice PEPPER Retrieval Portal

She also supplied PEPPER retrieval data from the PEPPER Resources Portal for 4.6.18-5.21.18: Total number of PEPPERs available in Utah: 86 (Nationally, 4,195). Total number of PEPPERs retrieved in Utah: 17 (Nationally, 2,236). Retrieval rate in Utah: 19.77% (Nationally, 53.3%).

5. Inconceivable, Planning for the Unthinkable… Coalition Conference Info

The Utah/Wasatch County Coalition Conference Inconceivable, Planning for the Unthinkable…is coming up on June 11-13. To register for the conference for free, click here.

The FEMA CMS post conference course will be on June 13.

IPftU Flyer

Post-Conference Flyer

6. Upcoming Hospice Quality Reporting Program Data Submission and Reporting Webinar

The webinar will occur on Wednesday, May 30 from 12 to 1:30 MST. For the agenda and registration, go here.

7. GAO Calls for CMS to Resume Prior Authorization Experiment

Via NAHC Report: “A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to resume or extend prior authorization experiments that have either been halted or are due to end soon.”

Read the full article.

8. NAHC Collaboration with Lippincott Procedures; Seeking Nurse Procedure Writers

Find out more from NAHC here.

9. May 2018 Quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data is available

Link to Hospice Compare.

10. Access Help from Experts in 27 Different Elder Care Services at ElderCareMatters.com

ElderCareMatters.com is a directory of Elder Care / Senior Care Resources.  Via ElderCareMatters: “ElderCareMatters.com is one of America’s oldest and most respected Directories of Elder Care / Senior Care Resources. Since 2002, ElderCareMatters.com has provided families across America with the resources (Professionals & Information) that they need in order to plan for and deal with their family’s Issues of Aging.

11. House of Representatives Coalescing Around Package of Opioid Proposals

Via NAHC and Calvin McDaniel: “A flurry of activity in the House of Representatives has resulted in nearly 65 different opioid measures receiving approval out of the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees. Several of these touch on hospice and palliative care via drug disposal, packaging, and prescription drug monitoring. In many instances though, hospice and palliative care situations are exempt.” Read the NAHC Report article here.

12. Online link to MLN Connects for 5.24.18

Read the latest from MLN Connects.

13. Hospice Overdosed Patients to ‘Hasten Their Deaths,’ Former Health Care Executive Admits

Carol Kuruvilla via Huffington Post 5.18.18: “A former health care executive in Texas has admitted to playing a role in an alleged $60 million Medicare fraud scheme that included disturbing practices such as overdosing hospice patients to “hasten their deaths” and maximize company profits.” Read full article.

14. Judge Overturns California Aid-in-Dying Law

Amy Baxter via Home Health Care News 5.16.18: “Roughly two years later the End of Life Option Act went into effect in the state of California, a state judge overturned the law, declaring it unconstitutional.

The Act enabled terminally ill patients to utilize medical aid in dying as a palliative care option to end suffering and peacefully end their lives. Six other states—Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Hawaii, as well as the District of Columbia—have authorized similar medical aid in dying.” Read full article.

15. CMS YouTube Video: “Targeted Probe and Educate”

Watch here.

16. Medicare Administrative Contractor Billing Updates

Read the MLN Matters article.

17. Study: Per Capita End of Life Care Spending is Falling Rapidly

Via NAHC Report 5.21.18: “It has long been considered almost an article of faith that end-of-life spending is one of the major factors causing a rapid increase in overall health care spending in the United States. However, a new study challenges that belief, finding that per capita end-of-life care spending has been declining rapidly and that this decline has contributed substantially to the a slowing in the growth of overall per capita Medicare spending.” Read the full NAHC article here.

18. NAHC is Working to Solve the Workforce Crisis in Home Care & Hospice

Via NAHC Report 5.25.18: “The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is helping to organize a workforce summit task force to address the persistent staffing issues facing home care and hospice agencies across the United States.” Read full NAHC article.

19. Legislative Update

Via NAHC and Calvin McDaniel: “New supporters are listed in the tables below, Senators first. Links on the bill numbers will take you to the full list of cosponsors.”

Priority Legislation
Home Health Care Planning Improvement (AKA: NPP Bill) – S. 445/H.R. 1825 Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act – S. 693/H.R. 1676 Rural Access to Hospice Act – S. 980/ H.R. 1828 Patient Choice and Quality Act – S.1334/H.R. 2797 Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act – H.R. 5041
Total: Senate – 43 House – 176 Total: Senate – 29 House – 270 Total: Senate – 19 House – 41 Total: Senate – 7 House – 29 Total: House – 15
No new cosponsors Rep. Stewart (R-UT) Rep. Demmings (D-FL) No new cosponsors Rep. Walden (R-OR)
Rep. Coffman (R-CO) Rep. Stewart (R-UT)
Rep. Simpson (R-ID)
Rep. Herrera Beutler (R-WA)

 

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