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Hospice News Digest 6-18-18

Posted June 18, 2018

News Access the Proposed Rule Listening Session Educate yourself on Wage Index Proposed Rule with NHPCO’s Talking Points CMS Issues SE18007 with Updates to NOE/NOTR Process Recent and Upcoming Improvements in Hospice Billing and Claims Processing House of Representatives Passes NAHC-supported Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic CMS Issues Information about Opioid Crises Reminder: Hospices Should…read more

Hospice News Digest 06-11-2018

Posted June 11, 2018

News Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available. Review Your Data by June 30 NHPCO’s Monthly Hospice Action Network Update Hospice Workaround For Transfers in a Benefit Period Listen to NHPCO’s new Podcast: Legal and Regulatory Issues in Community-Based Palliative Care New Medicare Card: MBI Look-up Tool Available through your MAC Settlement Conference Facilitation Call: New…read more

Hospice News Digest 06-04-18

Posted June 4, 2018

News If Approved, Preclaim Review could spread to Utah in time Utahns Will Vote on Medicaid Expansion and Medical Marijuana in November Updated Home Health and Hospice Processing Issues Log (CPIL) Wave of Opioid Bills in Senate Will Impact Hospice Download the new Home Health and Hospice Medicare Bulletin Avoid Redetermination Dismissals Hospice Provider Review…read more

Hospice News Digest 5-14-18

Posted May 14, 2018

1) NHPCO’s Overview of FY2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements Proposed Rule “ The NHPCO’s NewsBriefs Online provided the following overview of the rule: Posted on April 27, 2018, NHPCO analyzed the proposed rule (PDF) and published a Regulatory Alert on April 30, 2018. Some highlights of the…read more

NAHC Proposed Hospice Rule Free Web Event

Posted April 30, 2018

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, NAHC is presenting a free webinar covering the proposed FY2019 Hospice Payment Rule. This event will cover a wide variety of topics, not least of which is the new HQRP Rule and the new Hospice Payment Rule. NAHC says the program objectives are: Key “takeaways” from the FY2019 Hospice Wage…read more

BREAKING NEWS! 2019 Proposed Rule for Hospice

Posted April 28, 2018

The unpublished FY2019 hospice payment rule is available for download at the Office of the Federal Register. There will be a 60-day comment period, so please go check it out. The final payment update will be released sometime in late July. Once NAHC has read the rule, they will release a summary of important topics,…read more

Join us! Plus, access to an industry podcast

Posted April 24, 2018

If you haven’t joined UHPCO yet, now’s your chance! Fill out a form that describes your situation (individual application, multiple-office provider (3+ locations), or provider (1–2 locations)). Fill it out completely (including credit card information) and fax it to 801-673-6424 or scan it and send it to If you need to send a check, mail…read more

Call the Mortuary and the Medical Examiner?

Posted April 11, 2018

What does the Medical Examiner’s office need to know when patients die? Come to UHPCO’s education session Tuesday, April 17 at noon and find out. And have lunch on us while you learn. It turns out that some hospice deaths that should be reported to the Medical Examiner are not. And that messes up Utah’s…read more

Transitions from Hospice Care, Followed by Death or Acute Care, Draft Measure Development for Hospice QRP: Public Comment Period Ends April 25

Posted March 27, 2018

CMS has opened comments for a new measure concerning transitioning from hospice care. Since everyone involved in hospice care is stakeholder in this project, please be sure to comment on the draft before April 25, 2018. You can go to the CMS website to read more about this measure, as well as find instructions on…read more

New NHPCO Newsletter for March 2018

Posted March 20, 2018

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has released their newsletter for March 2018. It’s packed full of great info. Here are a few highlights: HQRP Webinar from CMS CMS announced that they will facilitate a hospice quality reporting webinar on March 27, 2018 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST. Find details in the NHPCO Quality…read more