Directors' Memo

DOH to Conduct IOC Drill 10/9/18

Sep 25, 2018 — As we previously reported, the New York State Department of Health will be conducting an Interoperable Communication (IOC) Drill on October 9, 2018. Today, they released a Drill Packet containing: IOC Drill objectives and IOC Drill Algorithm  An abbreviated After-Action Report template for documentation of the outcome of the drill The roles to which the IHANS notification will be... Read More

Tropical Storm Florence Guidance for Providers of Health and Residential Care

Sep 10, 2018 — On Friday, the NYSDOH issued an advisory for health care providers in the event that Tropical Storm Florence makes landfall.   As well as listing the pre-storm planning activities that are expected to be conducted, the Department states that it may also be collecting data through the Health Electronic Response Data System (HERDS). Should these... Read More

CMS to Host Open Door Forum on HEART

Sep 7, 2018 — As we previously reported, CMS anticipates expanding the Hospice Quality Reporting Program over the next several years to include additional quality measures, and be implementing a new comprehensive assessment instrument (Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool or HEART) that will replace the current Hospice Item Set (HIS) as a data collection vehicle. CMS will host a... Read More

CMS to Host Hospice Quality Reporting Webinar

Aug 21, 2018 — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting an Introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Webinar on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. The purpose of this webinar will be to explain the basics of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). The webinar will provide an overview of... Read More

Clarification on CHRCs for Hospice Providers

Aug 17, 2018 — As we previously reported, a law stipulating Criminal History Record Checks for hospice employees went into effect on April 1, 2018, as part of the Advanced Home Health Aide legislation. The new law applies to ALL employees who have direct patient contact or access to patient records, and are not licensed through the Office of the Professions... Read More

NYSDOH Issues Letter Addressing CHRCs for Hospices

Aug 14, 2018 — Last Thursday, the Department of Health issued a Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) outlining the Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) requirements for hospice providers who directly employ home health aides. As we previously reported, the law stipulating such a requirement went into effect on April 1, 2018, as part of the Advanced Home Health Aide legislation. It amends Title 10... Read More

Final Wage Index Rates, County Chart

Aug 9, 2018 — As we previously reported, CMS released the Final Rule on the FFY Hospice Wage Index on August 1. Here is the final rate chart by county. Please note that the rates differ slightly from those reflected in the Proposed Rule chart by county. Rates for the Service Intensity Add-on dropped by between 5 – 7 cents,... Read More

NPR Story on Hospice Fraud

Jul 31, 2018 — Dear HPCANYS Members: There is a story this am on NPR.  I have copied the links and the story below for you to read and/or listen to.  In essence, it’s a result of the new OIG report (Vulnerabilities in Medicare Hospice Program Affect Quality Care and Program Integrity: An OIG Portfolio),  just released, that says that... Read More

CMS Provides Part D Contacts List for Hospice Providers

Jul 26, 2018 — CMS is now requiring Part D plans to identify a hospice contact at the Plan that would be knowledgeable about hospice requirements and able to answer questions. Although Plans have until January 1, 2019 to submit their contacts, more than 600 plans have already done so.   Download the list here  (use the 06_2018 version) and... Read More