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NAHC Report: Issue# 2573, 12/20/2014
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CMS to Announce Hospices Selected for MCCM in early 2015

On Friday, December 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) announced that it is still conducting its review process of the many hospice programs that have applied to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM). 

In order to ensure that the model serves diverse geographic areas - rural and urban - and includes hospices of all sizes, CMS will not announce the selected hospice programs until some time early in 2015.  CMS previously indicated to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) that it intended to announce the selected programs by late Fall 2014.

On March 18, CMS announced the launch of the MCCM, under which as many as 30 Medicare-certified hospices will be selected to provide palliative support services in the form of routine home care (RHC) and inpatient respite to patients with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice eligibility requirements.

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NAHC’s Year in Review: Technology and Innovation
Over the next two weeks, NAHC Report will run articles that highlight 2014 in review for different areas of focus. Today’s is technology and innovation. The articles were compiled by NAHC’s affiliate, the Home Care Technology Association of America and NAHC Report’s editorial team

CGS, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), recently announced a new website for the submission of claims for untimely notices of election (NoE). The new website, Submitting Claims for Untimely Notices of Election (NOEs), will assist hospice providers with determining the receipt date of the NOE, and it also provides details on how to submit a  hospice claim when the NOE is untimely.

According to the new CGS website:

“Effective for hospice admissions on/after October 1, 2014, the hospice notice of election (NOE) must be submitted to and accepted by CGS within 5 days after the hospice admission to be considered timely…

If the NOE is not received timely, those days from admission to the day before the NOE was received, are considered noncovered, and the provider is financially liable for those days.”

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NAHC Web Event Recordings now Available for Purchase

NAHC has recently hosted three web events as a way to learn more about the issues impacting the home care and hospice community. NAHC’s Web Events are live, interactive events that you can view or listen online from your agency, office or home.

Two of the three recent web events are now available for purchase. The most recent events covered the following topics:

  • December 2, 2014: Mastering Financial Management and Calculation of the Hospice Aggregate Cap—What Every Hospice Provider Should Know.
  • November 19, 2014: 2015 Medicare Home Health PPS Rate Update
  • November 18, 2014: NAHC and CMS Explain the Proposed Home Health Conditions of Participation

To view the availability of these and other recent NAHC Web Events, please click here.

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