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CMS Proposes Clinical Template for the F2F Encounter
Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Social Security
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CMS Proposes Clinical Template for the F2F Encounter

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a notice for public comment and the Office and Management and Budget approval for the home health face to face (F2F) encounter electronic and paper clinical template. The template is a progress note that was developed to assist physicians in documenting the home health F2F encounter required for Medicare certification of home health patients. The use of the template is voluntary. 

CMS held several Special Open Door Forums calls to present the F2F encounter clinical templates and to receive stakeholder input. The template is the result of the feedback received on those calls.

The template is a combination of checkboxes and blanks for narrative documentation. However the checkboxes relate primarily to the physician’s physical assessment of the patient. Documentation related to the reasons for skilled services and homebound requires a narrative explanation, similar to the old F2F encounter document agencies used when a narrative was required on the F2F encounter document.

CMS has added some additional language to this template that was not on the last draft version posted in May.

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Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Social Security

Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) celebrates the 80th anniversary of Social Security. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935. 

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris reflected on the important role of the program in lifting millions of elderly Americans out of poverty. “Before Social Security, over half of older Americans were impoverished because people lacked a basic measure of protection as they aged and retired,” Halamandaris said. “By default, people were literally forced into poor houses, which by description were like something out of Dickens.”

President Roosevelt led the push for Social Security to address the high rates of poverty among senior citizens as part of the New Deal. “In response, President Roosevelt embraced Social Security based on the notion of social insurance,” Halamandaris said. “It is the notion that while not all of us may be able to care for ourselves as individuals, collectively we can.”

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The Final FY2016 Hospice Rule: A Comprehensive Update on Payment and Policy Issues
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern

Program Description:

This program will explore hospice policy changes CMS finalized in recent weeks, and provide a comprehensive update of CMS' plans and timelines for implementing reform of the hospice payment system, and changes related to the inpatient and aggregate Caps, the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), and diagnosis coding on claims. Presenters will also discuss potential future policy changes in the hospice arena.

Program Objectives:

  • Describe key elements of CMS' planned revisions to the payment system for Routine Home Care (RHC)
  • Outline changes affecting hospice payment CAP monitoring and reporting
  • Discuss various aspects of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program and anticipated future activities
  • Explain CMS' clarification regarding diagnosis coding on hospice claims

Panel of NAHC Experts:

  • Val J. Halamandaris, President, NAHC
  • Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC
  • Katie Wehri, Hospice Policy Expert, NAHC


Webcast and/or Recording
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