Directors' Memo

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

Temporary Schedule Change Law Impacts New York City Employers

Jul 26, 2018 — NYC’s Temporary Schedule Change Law requires employers to grant a “temporary change” to hours, times, or locations of work to accommodate a worker’s “personal event.” Employees have the right to two (2) temporary schedule changes per year-up to one (1) business day per request, or two (2) business days for one request. The law also... Read More

NHPCO Update

Jul 17, 2018 — ■  The MLC2019 Call for Proposals is now open. Please considering submitting a presentation idea to present at MLC2019! ■  The National Dataset is also open. In the past this survey has been rather cumbersome, but they have streamlined it this year and are committed to sharing the results in a timely manner. It is open to all providers, regardless... Read More

HQRP Non-Compliance Letters Sent

Jul 13, 2018 — CMS provided notifications to hospices that were determined to be out of compliance with Hospice Quality Reporting Program requirements for Calendar Year 2017. This will affect your Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Payment Update. Non-compliance notifications were mailed by Medicare Administrative Contractors and placed into QIES-CASPER folders on July 9, 2018. If you receive a letter... Read More

Big Pharma Sues NYS Over New Opioid Surcharge

Jul 12, 2018 —   Trade Group Says New Law “Unconstitutional” The Healthcare Distribution Alliance filed suit today in the Southern District of New York against Howard Zucker, as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and Barbara Underwood as Attorney General, declaring that the recently passed New York Opioid Stewardship Act is unconstitutional and seeking an... Read More

OIG Adds Hospice-Specific Item to Work Plan

Jul 5, 2018 — In June, the Office of the Inspector General for Health and Human Services (OIG) added to its work plan the following item, “Medicare Payments Made Outside the Hospice Benefit.” This review will summarize data on payments made outside the hospice benefit “without determining the appropriateness of such payments” for beneficiaries who have elected hospice care.... Read More