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NAHC Report: Issue# 2194, 5/13/2013
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CMS Plans Hospice Information Set Collection to begin July 2014
MedPAC Addresses Role of APNs and PAs: Home Health & Hospice Certification Advocated
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CMS Plans Hospice Information Set Collection to begin July 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicated in the proposed rule, FY2014 Hospice Wage Index Update, that it would make information related to the proposed Hospice Information Set (HIS), a patient-level data set, available. Additionally, CMS stated that it would seek input on the additional burden this may impose on hospice providers. The package of materials related to the proposed patient-level data set is now available. Included in the package are the admission and discharge HIS forms, definitions and descriptions of the components of the HIS, and CMS’ Supporting Statement.

There are 26 questions on the Admission HIS and 12 questions on the Discharge HIS. CMS’ total estimate of time for completion of the Admission HIS is 19 minutes and 10 minutes for the Discharge HIS. With the data collected on admission and discharge through the HIS, CMS will be able to calculate the hospice’s results for seven National Quality Forum (NQF)-approved measures that are proposed in the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).

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NAHC’s Annual Meeting: Call for Exhibits

NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition consistently draws an audience of over 5,000 professionals who have dedicated themselves to serving the needs of the home care and hospice community. In less than 400 days, the first baby boomers will be submitting their applications for Medicare and over the next 19 years there will be approximately 4 million baby boomers applying each year. Home care and hospice professionals will be at the forefront of patient care.

At the Annual Meeting & Exposition, you’ll have almost 14 hours to meet with prospective clients, catch up with current clients, and create a relationship through face-to-face interaction. You should also note that eight of these hours are exclusive, meaning attendees will be able to focus solely on meeting with you and learning more about your products and services. You can also offer a more in-depth look at your products and services by hosting a demonstration, which will be promoted to attendees.

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MedPAC Addresses Role of APNs and PAs: Home Health & Hospice Certification Advocated

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) April 2013 meeting included discussion by the commissions of the role of and Medicare payments for advanced-practice nurses (ANP) and physician assistants (PA). The Medicare program generally covers all medically necessary APN and PA services, as long as the services are provided by licensed APNs and PAs and that the services are within the APN and PA’s scope of practice under state law. According to MedPAC staff, the major goal of discussion was to see that advanced-practice nurses are able “to function at the top of their license and at their full scope of preparation.”

Commissioners were charged with reviewing the paper prepared by MedPAC staff prior to the meeting about Medicare’s coverage and billing policies for APN and PA services, claims analysis of the types of services and settings that APNs and PAs bill for under Medicare. The paper also included details about state licensure, state scope-of-practice laws, provider policies, and other payer policies that affect the services APNs and PAs provide.

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