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NAHC Report: Issue# 2493, 8/21/2014
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IN FOCUS: The FY2015 Hospice Payment Rule Part 2 – Addition of Attending Physician to Hospice Election Form and Change of Designated Attending Physician
The National Council on Medicaid Home Care Releases Survey Results on Medicaid Managed Care in Home Care
For Your Information: Hospice Educational Sessions at NAHC’s Annual Meeting
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IN FOCUS: The FY2015 Hospice Payment Rule Part 2 – Addition of Attending Physician to Hospice Election Form and Change of Designated Attending Physician

On Friday, August 22, 2014, the final rule governing hospice payment for fiscal year (FY) 2015 - Medicare Program; FY 2015 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements and Process and Appeals for Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice - was printed in the Federal Register.  The rule includes final payment rate information for the forthcoming federal fiscal year and finalizes key policy changes, as well as reminds hospices that other, previously-announced changes will become effective on October 1, 2014. If hospices have not begun to prepare for these changes, they are advised to begin doing so now.

Imminent hospice policy changes addressed in the final regulation are as follows:

  • Timeframes for Filing the Notice of Election (NOE) and Notice of Termination/Revocation (NOTR)
  • Timeframe for Hospice Cap Determination and Overpayment Remittance
  • Addition of the Attending Physician to the Hospice Election Form
  • Coding Guidelines for Hospice Claims Reporting
  • FY2015 Final Payment Rates

This article provides an in-depth focus on new requirements for addition of the attending physician to the hospice election form and for documentation of a change in a patient’s designated attending physician. 

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The National Council on Medicaid Home Care Releases Survey Results on Medicaid Managed Care in Home Care
Survey of Council members highlights trends and concerns on the adoption of Medicaid managed care in home care

In July and August, NAHC’s affiliate, the National Council on Medicaid Home Care, surveyed its members as to the status of their adoption of Medicaid managed care in home care. The Council conducted two surveys.  The first had 45 respondents, and the second, a modified and more detailed version of the first survey, had 67 respondents, for a total of 112 respondents.

The survey results are based on the responses received from agencies and associations, and are not stratified by state. Therefore, some states may be represented by multiple responses. The survey results represent only a small cross-section of those adopting Medicaid managed care in home care nationally. The total number of states and enrollees adopting Medicaid long-term services and supports (MLTSS) is shown in tables 1 and 2 of the report that is linked above.

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Hospice Educational Sessions at NAHC’s Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting features track-specific educational sessions, informative round table discussions and much, much more. Below are some of the sessions included in this year’s Hospice Track:

  • How to Ensure Compliance, Program Integrity, and More
  • How to Develop and Grow Successful Palliative Care Programs
  • How to Meet the Financial and and Data Requirements of The New Hospice Report
  • How to Prepare for Hospice Payment Reform: Where it Stands and How Hospices Can Prepare

Visit the NAHC website for full descriptions and to register for the conference!

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