Directors' Memo

Hospice Compare

Aug 30, 2017 — Since the Hospice Compare site went live, providers have noted a number of inaccuracies in the information posted. CMS has responded to questions about data correction and web site “refreshes.” Quality data for hospice providers will be updated on a quarterly basis. Preview reports for the fall Hospice Compare refresh are being released on August 29,... Read More

DOH Grants Extension on Minimum Wage Survey

Aug 25, 2017 — On August 9, 2017, a survey was sent to hospice providers to gather data on the potential impact of the minimum wage increase scheduled to be implemented over the next several years. Due to popular demand, the deadline for the completion of the survey has been extended to August 30, 2017. Please submit your survey... Read More

DOH Issues Guidance on Infections Caused by Multidrug-Resistant Yeast

Aug 25, 2017 — The Department of Health has previously issued several alerts to home care and hospice agencies regarding the global emergence of Candida auris (C. auris). Infections caused by C. auris often do not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, making them difficult to treat. Informed by the Center for Disease Control, NYSDOH has just published recommendations for... Read More

OIG Workplan to Include Duplicate Drug Claims for Hospice Beneficiaries

Aug 22, 2017 — Yesterday, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) posted notice of its intent to review the appropriateness of Part D drug claims for individuals who are receiving hospice benefits to determine whether Part D continues to pay for prescription drugs that should have been covered under the per diem payments made to hospice organizations. This... Read More

Governor Cuomo Signs Two HPCANYS Bills

Aug 22, 2017 — Yesterday, the Governor signed into law two bills originated by HPCANYS: A7775A Gottfried/S6364 Hannon — Allowing Hospice residences to increase the number of dually certified beds from 25% of all beds to 50%. A7846 Gottfried/S6347 Hannon — Making technical corrections to Public Health Law regarding home health aides employed by hospice programs. The laws take... Read More

CDC to Host Webinar on Mental Health and Spiritual Care in Emergencies

Aug 21, 2017 — CDC and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) will host a special webinar about the mental health and spiritual care aspects of emergency response at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 29. Topics for discussion will include stress, stigma, isolation, populations more likely to be adversely affected by specific emergencies, and effective... Read More

Hospice Compare: Please Verify Demographic Information

Aug 21, 2017 — As we previously reported, Hospice Compare launched last week, and we immediately discovered that the public information regarding which hospices serve which geographic area is flawed. We have since discovered that the demographic information (such as address, non-profit status, etc.) that the site reports may be flawed as well. NHPCO is spearheading a push to require... Read More

Minimum Wage Survey: PDF Copy

Aug 17, 2017 — Last week, the Department of Health issued a survey on employee wage data, to determine the financial impact of scheduled minimum wage increases over the coming years. The survey is web based and must be completed by Wednesday, August 23. We have heard from a number of providers that it would be helpful to them... Read More

Hospice Compare Goes Live

Aug 16, 2017 — As we previously reported, CMS has developed a website that will allow the general public to view information about Medicare certified hospices, including quality measure scores. Today, the Hospice Compare site has gone live. Here are the two links: To view Consumer Information: https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/ (Please note: the “Search” feature seems to be accurate only when... Read More