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Southern States Have the Highest Hospice Medicare Spending
Hospice CAHPS Notices Posted on Exemption for Size and Quarter 2 Submission Deadline
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Southern States Have the Highest Hospice Medicare Spending

Southern states have the highest standardized Medicare payments per hospice beneficiary, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The report, The Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File (or Hospice PUF), contains information on 4025 hospice providers, 1.3 million hospice beneficiaries and over $15 billion in Medicare payments from 2014.

Medicare spent an average of $11,393 per hospice beneficiary for an average of 70 days of care in 2014. Eleven percent of the 1.3 million hospice beneficiaries that year had a live discharge from care. Meanwhile, 33 percent of beneficiaries spent more than 60 days in hospice care and 13 percent spent more than 180 days in hospice care.

Southern states spent the most per beneficiary, with South Carolina in first place, spending $14,778, followed closely by Alabama at $14,361 and Mississippi at $14,100 per beneficiary.

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Hospice CAHPS Notices Posted on Exemption for Size and Quarter 2 Submission Deadline

NOTICE: CAHPS Hospice Survey Participation Exemption for Size Form Past Due:  On October 5, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted notice to remind Medicare-certified hospices that served fewer than 50 survey-eligible decedents/ caregivers in CY2015 (January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015) of their eligibility for exemption from CAHPS Hospice Survey CY 2016 data collection and reporting requirements. The Participation Exemption for Size Form was available to complete on the CAHPS Hospice Survey Web site from January 11 to August 10, 2016.

If a hospice is eligible for the exemption for size and has not yet completed a Participation Exemption for Size Form for the CY 2016 CAHPS Hospice Survey data collection and reporting requirements, please contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team Immediately at: hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org.

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DOL Webinar: Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule
Monday, October 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM EDT – 12:00:00 PM EDT

Presented by DOL’s Wage & Hour Division in partnership with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy

Monday, October 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM EDT - 12:00:00 PM EDT

Representatives from the Wage and Hour Division will cover the basics of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), highlight resources and guidance available for employers, and answer compliance assistance questions.
The final rule is effective on December 1, 2016.

While the session will include the opportunity to submit questions during the presentation’s Q&A segment, we also encourage you to submit questions in advance to WHDNOComm@dol.gov.

Register today at: https://jab.adobeconnect.com/whd_sba/event/event_info.html

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