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.
CMS released its final home health payment rule for 2021 on October 29, 2020. We’ve outlined important aspects of the final rule that home health providers need to know to stay informed and keep operations running smoothly.
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.