Permanent “Doc Fix” Sustainable Growth Rate Deal Possible As Deadline Looms
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 6, 2015, released change request (CR) 9091, which addresses payment to hospice agencies that do not submit required quality data and outlines the penalties for failure to report.
For fiscal year 2014, and each subsequent year, if a hospice agency does not submit required quality data, their payment rates for the year will be reduced by 2% for that fiscal year. Application of the 2% reduction may result in an update that is less than 0.0 for a fiscal year and in payment rates for a fiscal year being less than such payment rates for the preceding fiscal year. In addition, reporting-based reductions to the market basket increase factor will not be cumulative; they will only apply for the fiscal year involved.
For calendar year 2014, CMS considers Hospice Item Set data submitted by the hospices to CMS for reporting periods beginning on or after July 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014, as meeting the reporting requirements. For calendar year 2015 and subsequent years, CMS considers Hospice Item Set data submitted by the hospices to CMS for reporting periods beginning on or after January 1 through December 31 as meeting the reporting requirements for that year. Hospices that receive notification of Medicare certification on or after November 1 of the preceding year involved are excluded from any payment penalty for quality reporting purposes for the following fiscal year.
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