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NAHC/HAA Urges its Members to Provide Feedback for 2016 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities
CMS Updates Hospice Quality Reporting Manual Instructions
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NAHC/HAA Urges its Members to Provide Feedback for 2016 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities
Member Feedback Will Guide NAHC’s Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy in Crucial Upcoming Year

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), along with its affiliate the Hospice Association of America (HAA), is soliciting member and advocate input regarding the most significant legislative and regulatory priorities for the home care and hospice community.

NAHC will use these priorities to guide its legislative and regulatory advocacy during the March on Washington and throughout 2016.

Three simple online questionnaires are now available to allow home care and hospice organizations, as well as other interested parties, to provide their input. The questionnaires will only be available through Friday, January 15, 2016, so please take a moment and cast your votes as soon as possible. Agencies or organizations that provide only hospice care are asked to complete only the hospice questionnaire.

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CMS Updates Hospice Quality Reporting Manual Instructions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Change Request 9460/Transmittal 52, “Fiscal Year 2017 and After Payments to Hospice Agencies That Do Not Submit Required Quality Data”, on December 18, 2015, with an effective date of January 1, 2016. The Change Request makes revisions to CMS Publication 100-22 -- Medicare Quality Reporting Incentive Programs, Chapter 3, Section 40 by rescinding and fully replacing Change Request 9091/Transmittal 45 (issued on June 24, 2015) to reflect changes to the payment reduction reconsideration process, reorganize existing material, and provide greater clarification to some aspects of the instructions but the content is not radically changed.  

Of note in the model language for initial notification letters to hospices that they will be subject to the 2 percentage point reduction for failure to meet the quality reporting requirements is great detail on the types of supporting documentation that may be persuasive during the reconsideration process.

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