The FY 2016 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule – What Do We Need to Do Now?

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Product Format
Prerecorded Event
60 minutes
Product Description

Insights on 6 Key Provisions of the FY 2016 Medicare Wage Index


The annual Medicare wage index rule and accompanying narrative provides a great deal of helpful information about changes in regulations and new requirements; what CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) is thinking about; and the potential vulnerable areas. It also provides some clues about what coming next for the providers.

In this 60-minute session, Susan Balfour, BA, RN will provide a clear understanding of the specific provisions in the final wage index rule. She will also shed light on what preparation is required for the new rule.

Areas covered in the session:

  • Understanding the 6 key provisions of the FY 2016 Wage Index Rule
  • What changes will need to be implemented by October 1, 2015?
  • What “potential vulnerabilities” does the latest Abt Associates data analyses target?
  • What areas should The Prudent Hospice™ be monitoring?
  • How will the changes in routine home care payment impact your hospice?
  • Understanding the episode of care
  • What’s the latest “clarification” on diagnosis coding on hospice claims?
  • Are there new measures for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program?

Who should attend

Leadership, Compliance, Education, QAPI, IDG Members, Billing Office

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About Our Speaker

Susan Balfour - Hospice and Medicare Billing Coding Expert

Susan Balfour, BA, RN has a hospice career spanning 25 years that includes tenure as an executive director of a community-based hospice agency and Director of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs with the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care. A regular presenter on a variety of topics, she is committed to helping hospices develop deep regulatory competence and avoid the unnecessary costs of over-compliance.

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