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NAHC Report: Issue# 2347, 1/7/2014
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CMS Issues Updates on Hospice HQRP Data Entry and HIS Training
CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Emergency Preparedness for Home Care and Hospice Providers
For Your Information: 2014 Provider Enrollment Application Fee Published or Hospice Providers
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CMS Issues Updates on Hospice HQRP Data Entry and HIS Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its hospice quality contractors have issues two announcements related to hospice quality data collection and reporting. 

They are as follow:

  1. The Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) data entry and submission site is now available for registration and data submission (failure to submit this data – CY2013 data related to measure #0209 and the structural measure -- will result in a 2 percent reduction in FY2015 payment rates). New registration is required to submit the data collected during CY2013.
  2. Registration for the ON SITE Hospice Item Set (HIS) Feb. 4 and 5 data collection training is now open; you must register by Jan. 27. Information is also provided about live streaming of the sessions; no registration is required for live streaming.

The full text of the announcements is provided in the full article below.

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Emergency Preparedness for Home Care and Hospice Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule in Federal Register that establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers to ensure that they adequately plan for both natural and man-made disasters.

The proposed rule addresses emergency preparedness requirements that 17 provider and supplier types must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Home health and hospice provides are among the provider types that will have emergency preparedness requirements included in their conditions of participation.

CMS recognizes the variations that exist among the different provider and supplier types and takes those differences into account, while also providing generally consistency in emergency preparedness requirements. CMS proposes that emergency preparedness for all designated provider and supplier types will include the following four core elements.

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2014 Provider Enrollment Application Fee Published or Hospice Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that beginning January 1, 2014 the provider enrollment application fee will be $542.00. Hospice providers will pay this amount if they need to revalidate their enrollment (via a revalidation request from a hospice’s assigned Medicare administrative contractor); complete a new CMS Form 855A, and when becoming a new provider.

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