Hospice agencies are faced with many regulatory challenges on a daily basis, including creating, maintaining and updating patient care plans.
One component of the hospice certification of terminal illness requirements is the narrative summary, a brief narrative designed to explain clinical findings that support a life expectancy of six months or less.
Over the course of the past year, the efforts of home health agencies have been primarily focused on adapting behaviors under the new PDGM stipulations. The stress of adhering to these new regulations was compounded by the advent of COVID-19, levying an onerous burden on home health and hospice agencies.
In Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020), hospices will be mandated to provide an election statement addendum upon request from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). With new election benefit requirements enacted as a condition of payment as soon as October 1, 2020, it is time for your organization to prepare for these changes.
When an organization loses a key member of the management team, it creates a void that can impact care delivery and overall operations in many ways.
Many questions regarding how to monitor the effectiveness of a telehealth visit in the hospice setting and whether hospice care should be, or even can be provided in this manner have emerged.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance for healthcare organizations to have an efficient emergency preparedness plan in place. Learn the different aspects leadership should consider when developming a compliant emergency preparedness plan to lessen adverse impacts, keep business on track and keep your staff and patients safe.
Last October, Palmetto, one of the nation’s largest Medicare Administrative Contractors to the federal government, released their Electronic Comparative Billing Report (eCBR) for 2018 data between April 1 – September 30 that focused on hospice providers’ Non-Cancer Length of Stay (NCLOS) rates.
When health care providers repeatedly fail to reach compliance with the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) guidelines, the OIG will issue them a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA). Under the CIA process, organizations enter into a mandatory agreement to improve their practices over a five-year time frame with outlined compliance guidelines set forth by the OIG.