Updated Hospice Resources
October 15, 2013 12:27 PM
Several publications that are of interest to the hospice community have recently been released by various organizations – including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) prior to the partial government shutdown.
Below is a brief synopsis of each of these publications, as well as a link to more information.
Updated CMS Publications for Hospice Providers
CMS has two new publications regarding hospice care that are available for beneficiaries. They areMedicare and Hospice Benefits – Getting Started andMedicare Hospice Benefits. Both publications were revised in August 2013, and some hospices have started to provide these booklets to beneficiaries.
Transitional Care Management – Requirements for Provision of Services and Billing
Many hospices have asked for more information about the two physician billing codes for transitional care management. MLNMatters has an informational sheet for physicians and others on the billing codes, including which physicians can bill for the services, which patients are eligible for the services, and components of service required.
Continuing Shortage of TB Skin Testing Serum
On September 4, 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its recommendations for health care providers in dealing with the TB skin testing serum shortage. The shortage is expected to last through mid-October and perhaps longer. Some providers that were able to obtain the serum are now no longer able to do so. All providers should prioritize testing and check with their state and local departments of health for regional and local recommendations. More information from the CDC can be accessed here.