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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2679, 6/5/2015
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Hospice Item Set Manual V1.02 Released
REMINDER: National Provider Call June 17, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the revised Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual, V1.012 online in the ‘Downloads’ portion of the HIS webpage.  There is a change table outlining the changes from V1.01 to V1.02 that accompanies the revised Manual.  The revisions provide clarifications of HIS item definitions and expectations for use.  Providers should download and review V1.02 for the most up-to-date guidance on HIS item completion.

To review updates made to V1.02 of the HIS Manual, CMS will host an HIS-focused National Provider Call on June 17, 2015.  This presentation will cover updates that were made to the HIS Manual from V1.01 to V1.02.  NAHC has reviewed the changes and finds that there are no major changes to processes or procedures.  As previously stated, the changes are clarifications and updates to match the most recent CMS guidance.

Providers may now register for the MLN Connects National Provider Call scheduled for June 17, 2015 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET online at on the MLN National Provider Calls and Events webpage.

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New Hospice PEPPER Now Available

TMF® Health Quality Institute (TMF), under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has released the new Hospice PEPPER (version Q4FY14) summarizing statistics for fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014.  It is now available through the PEPPER Resources Portal and includes four new target areas, added in response to the recently-released Office of Inspector General (OIG) report identifying concerns with hospice services provided to beneficiaries residing in an assisted living facility (ALF).

The new PEPPER summarizes statistics for these six target areas:

  1. Live discharges
  2. Long length of Stay
  3. Continuous home care in assisted living facility
  4. Routine home care in assisted living facility
  5. Routine home care in nursing facility
  6. Routine home care in skilled nursing facility

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Registration is now open for NAHC’s 2015 Annual Meeting

Registration for NAHC’s Annual Meeting is now open! The conference is October 28-30, 2015, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

To register for the conference and to make your reservation at the Gaylord Opryland, click here.


Join The Gentiva Hospice Team! We have an exciting Hospice RN Clinical Management opportunity offering paid relocation assistance in Savannah, GA!

Gentiva Hospice of Savannah, GA is currently hiring for a RN Manager of Clinical Practice! If you have recent Hospice experience, some Management background or a Hospice certification, and are open to relocation, this is a great opportunity for you to consider. If you are interested or know of someone you would recommend, please feel free to email Matt Rice at or call me at 615-429-7891.

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