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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2749, 9/16/2015
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HHA-based Hospice Cost Report Revisions Proposed
ICD-10 Claim Submission Alternatives
For Your Information: 2015 Annual Meeting Deadlines
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HHA-based Hospice Cost Report Revisions Proposed

On September 4, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on proposed revisions to the home health agency (HHA) cost report.  The revisions that CMS is proposing are an expansion of reporting of costs for HHA-based hospices by level of care (as well as deletion of obsolete information related to HHA-based Rural Health Centers, Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Federally-Qualified Health Centers).  These changes are in keeping with the changes that CMS has put forth for freestanding, hospital and SNF-based hospices.

CMS is proposing that these changes be effective for cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2015.  There is a 60-day comment period on the changes, with comments due by November 3, 2015.  Once CMS has reviewed any comments and made modifications, they must release the forms and instructions again for a 30-day comment period before finalizing them.

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ICD-10 Claim Submission Alternatives

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) has issued a MLN Matters® article for provider claims submission alternatives related to International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 system problems. Providers that are unable to complete the necessary systems changes or are having issues with billing software, vendor(s), or clearinghouse(s), may use the following alternatives.

  • Free billing software;
  • Provider internet portals;
  • Direct Data Entry (DDE); and
  • Paper claims.

The article provides details on how providers can use each alternative method for claim submission.

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2015 Annual Meeting Deadlines

Register Today!

NAHC’s Annual Meeting is October 28-30, in Nashville, Tenn. A limited number of discounted rooms are available through September 28. To register for the conference and book your room for the hotel, click here.

Remember: The Early Bird registration rate for the conference expires on October 11. To get the lowest rate, register now!

VNA Care Network & Hospice, Inc. Southborough, MA

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer the Controller will oversee and actively participate in the accounting, budgeting, cost reporting, accounts payable, billing and cash flow systems of the Network and affiliates. BS Accounting and CPA required.  Minimum 3-5 years of experience in health care financial management. Home Care experience preferred.

Please forward your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Ann Bohac, HR Recruiter VNA Care Network & Hospice at    or visit our website at


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