The Home Care and Hospice community is at a critical point as new rules are being considered on Capitol Hill that could affect how home care and hospice organizations operate and pose a significant challenge to the mission to serve America’s aged, disabled, and ill.
Join NAHC, your peers and colleagues at this year’s March on Washington to make home care and hospice the center of health care in our country.
Recently two of the CMS contractors a have announced widespread audits of home health providers with a key focus on compliance with the face-to-face (F2F) encounter documentation requirements. The documentation requirements have become more stringent recently with contractors now expecting physicians to write detailed descriptions of the patient’s condition in order to support the need for skilled services and homebound status.
In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Change Request (CR) 8358, Additional Data Reporting Requirements for Hospice Claims. Mandatory reporting of these additional items begins with claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2014, with voluntary reporting beginning January 1, 2014. The CR provides instructions to Medicares Administrative Contractors (MACs) and also revises Section 30.3 of Chapter 11 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual.