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Nov 30, 2019

Posted December 2019

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Posted November 2019

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  • Two new Price Transparency Requirements have been announced. One of the rules is the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) & Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals to Make Standard Charges Public Final Rule. The second rule is the Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule. Both the final and proposed rules require that pricing information be made publicly available.
  • Physician Fee Schedule and OPPS/ASC Final Rules have been published  
  • Bill Correctly for Medicare Telehealth ServicesCMS released the Medicare Telehealth Services Video to help you bill correctly.
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Claims Hold. As CMS has undertaken the implementation of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), we are holding a limited number of Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) claims while we make further refinements to our claims processing system. PDPM is a historic reform of the SNF prospective payment system. PDPM focuses on the patient’s condition and resulting care needs rather than on the amount of care provided in order to determine Medicare payment. PDPM was effective on October 1, 2019. Specifically, CMS is holding claims with:
    • Dates of service October 1, 2019 or later and
    • Type of Bill (TOB) inpatient services (21X) and swing bed services (18X) subject to SNF Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and
    • Multiple line items, Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS) codes, with different rate codes (revenue code 0022).
  • CMS Finalizes Calendar Year 2020 Payment and Policy Changes for Home Health Agencies. In November 2018, CMS finalized a new case-mix classification model, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), effective beginning January 1, 2020. The final rule with comment period also increases Medicare payments to home health agencies (HHAs) by an estimated 1.3 percent ($250 million) for calendar year (CY) 2020.
    •  CMS is implementing the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), a new case-mix payment methodology for home health services, which more accurately pays for home health services and focuses on patient needs by relying heavily on patient characteristics rather than volume of care. 
    • CMS is addressing potential Medicare fraud by phasing out pre-payments for home health services over the next year and eliminating those payments completely in 2021.
  • Final OASIS D-1 Data Submission Specifications Now Available

Quality

  • Stay on Target with the Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure - One Pager Now Available. CMS has posted a document that articulates key information about the Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure. This one pager provides a visual to understand how the seven HIS measures contribute to the one Comprehensive Assessment Measure, and how to stay on target by completing all seven HIS measures for each patient. 
  • The submission deadline for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) has been extended to November 18, 2019.

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Posted October 2019

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Posted August 2019

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Special Open Door Forum Open Payments Expansion under the SUPPORT Act Thursday, August 29, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time Conference Call Only.
    • Open Payments is a national disclosure program that promotes a more transparent and accountable health care system by publishing the financial relationships between applicable manufactures and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and health care providers (physicians and teaching hospitals).
    • In the fall of 2018 President Trump signed the SUPPORT Act into law which expands the Open Payments definition of a covered recipient to include: physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives.

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    Posted June 2019

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    Posted May 2019

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    Posted April 2019

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    Posted March 2019

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    Posted February 2019

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    Posted January 2019

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