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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2823, 1/11/2016
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Second Comment Opportunity Announced for the F2F Clinical Template
CMS Releases New “G” Codes for Hospice
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Second Comment Opportunity Announced for the F2F Clinical Template

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a 30 day notice for public comment and the Office of 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.

This is the second public comment period opportunity for the template. CMS announced a 60 day public comment period on August 12, 2015. Based on those comments, CMS made several non-substantive changes to form but has maintained the same format.

The template is a combination of checkboxes and blanks for narrative documentation. The checkboxes relate primarily to the physician’s physical assessment of the patient, while documentation related to the reasons for skilled services and homebound requires a narrative explanation. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) stated in their comments during the first comment period that the free text within the template is very similar to the F2F encounter document physicians were completing when a narrative to describe eligibility criteria for home health services was required. NAHC does not believe physicians will complete the clinical template with the language and specificity that CMS seeks.

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CMS Releases New “G” Codes for Hospice

Late last week CMS posted Change Request 9459, dated January 6, 2016, which makes edits to the Integrated Outpatient Code Editor.  These edits include new “G” codes.  Hospices and home health agencies were expecting to see the two new codes for RN and LPN visits included, G0299 and G0300 respectively.  However, this change request (CR) also includes a series of new “G” codes for hospice.  These codes correlate to the “visits at the end of life” measure that the National Quality Forum (NQF) is reviewing and CMS is developing (see January 8, 2016 NAHC Report). We believe these codes will be used on hospice claims in the future.  There is also an oncology measure related to hospice referrals and there are new codes that correspond to this measure as well.  Please see below for a full listing of the codes that are hospice related.

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