Directors' Memo

DOH Hospice Workgroup Meets on 6/12/18

Jun 13, 2018 — The NYS Department of Health held a Hospice Workgroup on Tuesday, June 12th in Albany and via conference call, to bring key stakeholders together around hospice and Managed Long Term Care Plans.   Attached are the minutes of this meeting.  

OIG Issues Semi-Annual Report to Congress

Jun 6, 2018 — The Office of the HHS Inspector General has issued its Spring 2018 report to Congress. This report covers OIG activities from October 2017 through March 2018.   Items of interest to NYS hospice providers include: VITAS, the nation’s largest for-profit provider of hospice services entered into a $75.5 million settlement agreement to resolve allegations that it... Read More

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Jun 6, 2018 — Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice CAHPS® Survey provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your CASPER non-validation reports folder. We encourage you to review your Hospice Item Set (HIS) results from Quarter 4- 2016 to Quarter 3-2017 and your CAHPS® survey results from Quarter 4,... Read More

AHHA Regs Published in State Register

May 31, 2018 —   The long-awaited regulations addressing Advanced Home Health Aides have been published in the May 30 edition of the State Register. This rule not only addresses the supervision of AHHAs, but also includes hospice providers as entities whose home health aides (including AHHAs) are subject to criminal history record checks. Additionally, the new rule directs... Read More

Proposed Wage Index by County

May 18, 2018 —   As we previously reported, the Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule was published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2018. Here is the county-by-county breakdown of rates effective October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. Note: These figures are based on the proposed rate and may change when the Final Rule is published. These rates... Read More

Flu No Longer “Prevalent” in NYS

May 17, 2018 — This afternoon, New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has issued a Health Advisory declaring that influenza is no longer prevalent in the State for the 2017-2018 season, therefore unvaccinated personnel are no longer required to wear masks, as per New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR § 2.59).

CMS Issues Two New Change Requests

May 16, 2018 — CMS has issued two new change requests that impact provision of hospice care. These new CRs both take effect on October 1, 2018. CR 10602 Update to the Hospital Transfer Policy for Early Discharges to Hospice Care This CR qualifies discharges to hospice as a post-acute transfer, thereby adjusting the Medicare reimbursement rate to the... Read More

2019 Hospice Wage Index Analysis

May 2, 2018 — 2019 Hospice Wage Index The 2018 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule, to be published in the Federal Register on, May 8, 2018, updates the hospice wage index, payment rates and cap amount for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019. Additionally, the rule proposes changes to publicly reported data, the addition of physician assistants as hospice attending... Read More

Apr 30, 2018 — CMS Posts 2019 Wage Index Late Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) posted to the Federal Register the FFY2019 Hospice Wage Index. It is expected to be officially published on May 8. Key points include: – Authorization of PAs to act as hospice attending physicians – Streamlines the requirement to report detailed drug... Read More

2018-04-25 PEPPER Report Webinar

Apr 25, 2018 —   April 25, 2018   Directors’ Memo     Inside This Edition: PEPPER Reports are out. Attend a free webinar to maximize your results   Hospice PEPPER Available The Q4FY17 release of the Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through September 2017 is now available for download through the PEPPER... Read More