CMS Announces its Next Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum
Forum will be held Wednesday, August 20
CMS has announced that its next Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum will be held next Wednesday, August 20. NAHC members are encouraged to note that some key issues will be addressed, including the revised hospice cost report for freestanding agencies.
The link that accompanied the announcement appears to be the second version of the cost report that was issued on November 22, 2013. It is unclear whether these will be the actual, final cost report forms and instructions for freestanding agencies that CMS has indicated will be required for cost reporting years beginning October 1, 2014, and afterward, or if CMS will release another version that incorporates some of the additional changes that were recommended by the industry during December 2013.
NAHC wanted to point out that the cost report changes are on the agenda, and that the forms and instructions appear to be the versions that were released last November. NAHC has requested clarification from CMS as to whether these are the final versions or if there will be additional modifications - which, if they occur, should be limited.