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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2624, 3/17/2015
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MedPAC Delays Consideration of Including Hospice in Post-Acute Transfer Policy
CMS Holds F2F Open Door Forum that Leaves More Questions than Answers
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MedPAC Delays Consideration of Including Hospice in Post-Acute Transfer Policy
NAHC Cautions Policy is “Inadvisable”

As previously reported, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has been examining hospitals’ increased use of “observation status” and its impact on beneficiaries and other stakeholders with an eye toward development of recommendations to clarify policies governing use of short-term inpatient stays. As part of these discussions, MedPAC has referenced policy changes that could help offset increased costs that would result from hospital short-stay policy recommendations. Among the options under consideration is expansion of the post-acute hospital transfer policy to include “early” discharges to hospice care. Extension of the post-acute transfer policy to include hospice was examined by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in a May 2013 report, “Medicare Could Save Millions by Implementing a Hospital Transfer Payment Policy for Early Discharge to Hospice.”  

At its March meeting, MedPAC indicated that, rather than considering a recommendation on including hospice in the post-acute transfer policy at this time it intends to explore the issue in greater depth as part of future meetings before issuing a recommendation.

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CMS Holds F2F Open Door Forum that Leaves More Questions than Answers

On March 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held the second in a series of Open Door Forums (ODF) for the voluntary electronic and paper clinical template for the home health Face to Face (F2F) encounter requirement. On the call were CMS officials from the Provider Compliance Group and the Medical Director for Strategic Health Solutions, a CMS Supplemental Medicare Review Contractor.

The formal portion of the presentation was brief with an overview of the documentation that could be requested for medical review. In addition, CMS presented two schematics as examples of workflows for the F2F encounter documentation. One workflow addressed the example of a community physician seeing a patient; the other addressed the example of a hospitalist conducting the encounter in the hospital.

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Advocacy in your Pocket: The Ins, Outs & Power of NAHC’s New Legislative Action Center

NAHC’s new Legislative Action Center combines the power to reach decision makers via their social networks with the convenience of taking action right from your smart phone or tablet. With close to 100% of Congress on Facebook and Twitter, home care and hospice advocates can extend their reach and scope like never before.  Traditional email messages, as well as Twitter, Facebook, and live phone calls are all available in one easy to navigate, interactive platform. Learn how easy it is to become an even more engaged and passionate advocate at the push of a button.

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