Survey Results from NAHC/HAA’s Recent Teleconference on CMS’ Proposed Regulation for FY2015 Hospice Payment and Policy Changes Released
Survey conducted throughout the teleconference asked Hospice agencies questions on a range of pertinent issues
June 4, 2014 09:21 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliated Hospice
Association of America (HAA) recently held a teleconference on the subject of CMS’
proposed regulation for FY2015 hospice payment and policy changes. NAHC
President Val J. Halamandaris led the teleconference, and was joined by Bill Dombi,
NAHC’s Vice President for Law; Theresa Forster, NAHC’s Vice President for Hospice
Programs, and; Katie Werhi, NAHC’s Hospice Operations and Regulatory Expert.
“What’s interesting is what CMS did not do as part of this regulation. The
organization did not put forth any payment reform changes and the regulatory
changes that they are proposing are somewhat limited in scope,” said Theresa
Forster, NAHC’s Vice President for Hospice Programs during the teleconference.
“What is really significant is some of the tone that is used… They are concerned
enough [by their research findings related to payment reform that their focus has
shifted to] what they can do to beef up program integrity measures and hold off on
payment reform until a later date.”
The call was offered to NAHC and HAA members free of charge, and covered a
range of topics surrounding CMS’ proposed FY2015 regulations for hospices. During
the teleconference, several survey questions were asked of participants. The four
questions that were asked focused on how hospices handle certain regulatory
processes, and to gauge how well-prepared hospices are in meeting the challenges
of that come with evolving and changing federal rules and regulations.
The four survey questions and participant’s responses are included below:
1) Do you have a specific process outlined for determining what is/is not related?
2) As a rule, do you file thee notice of election within 3 calendar days following
3) Do you have a specific process outlined for determining what is/is not related?
4) Do you have a definition of "related condition" in your organization?
“Looking at the regulations, what it said to me is our friends at CMS have a “get
tough” approach to hospice, and they’re going to do everything they can to tighten
things up before they take the leap of reforming the hospice payment system,” said
NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris during the teleconference. Mr. Halamandaris
also encouraged everyone to keep in mind that, “the regulatory process holds
promise. It’s just as easy to believe that CMS is going to do the right thing coming
from the right place as it is to believe that they’re going to do the wrong thing
coming from the wrong place. Let’s do everything we can to help them, and give
them everything they need to make sure this benefit is perfected and not
undermined. We are delighted to have the opportunity to advocate for all of you on
behalf of hospice whether it be with CMS or with Congress.”
For more on the specific proposals contained in the proposed regulation, please
see NAHC Report, May 5, 2014.
To hear the full teleconference, please click here.