HAA Receives Clarification from CMS on Final Hospice Cost Report Documentation
August 22, 2014 07:45 AM
NAHC and its affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) recently received clarification from CMS that the final hospice cost report documents – forms, instructions and electronic specifications (for freestanding hospices) – will be released no later than Friday, August 29.
The most recent draft was released in late November 2013 and is available here.
CMS has indicated that the forms and instructions have not changed, and CMS has not added, changed, or modified the forms or filing requirements. It is NAHC and HAA’s understanding that CMS has only made extremely minor changes, along the lines of adding shading or addressing grammatical errors).
THE REVISED HOSPICE COST REPORT FOR FREESTANDING AGENCIES WILL BE EFFECTIVE FOR COST REPORTING YEARS BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND AFTER.
For hospices that are facility-based - home health, hospital, etc., - CMS is expected to issue cost report revisions that will go through the same comment process as the freestanding hospice cost report materials did – separate 60 and 30-day comment periods – prior to finalization.