Hospice Payment Updates for 2019: What You Absolutely Must Know

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Presenter(s)
Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM Trainer
Conference Date
Tue, Jul 31, 2018
Length
90 minutes
Product Description

Get Ready to Respond Effectively to the New Hospice Payment Requirements and Expectations for 2019

Every year, the CMS updates the payment and program expectations for hospice programs. Hospice providers need to stay current with these updates so that they can evaluate the impact of the changes on their hospice program and their patient population – and get ready to respond effectively to the new requirements and expectations.

In this audio conference, industry veteran Judy Adams will explore the key issues that matter – such as the proposed hospice payment rates and the hospice wage index – so that you can discuss, plan, and prepare to implement the necessary strategic actions within your program. Adams will walk you through regulatory relief changes, data reporting changes to hospice cost reports, hospice quality reporting program changes, and the change that will allow physician assistants to serve as hospice attending physicians. She will also bring you up to speed with the updates to interoperability of clinical information, and the potential effect of the application of hospital post-acute transfer policy to hospice patients.

You will learn about next year’s focus within hospice care, as well as CMS’s future focus in managing the hospice program. You will also learn about specific payment rate changes, and thoughts about the next steps in the evolution of the Hospice Quality Program development.

After attending this webinar, you will be well-informed about the current/future trends in hospice care, and will better understand the true cost of providing hospice care.

Session Highlights

Here’s a sampling of what the session will cover:

  • Hospice payment updates for 2019
    • Updates to the hospital market basket rates, productivity adjustment, and wage index payment rates
    • Impact on payment rates for the four levels of hospice care
    • Changes in the Hospice Cap calculation
  • Regulatory relief
    • Tiered Routine Home care, benefit periods
    • Changes to reporting drug detail on claims
    • Allowing physician assistants to serve as hospice attending physicians
    • Guidance on limitations on PAs within hospice
  • Increased expectations for data to be reported in the hospice cost reports
  • Hospice quality reporting program
    • Meaningful measures framework being considered for modification of hospice quality program
    • Input sought on limiting correction time on HIS data and compare reporting
    • Proposed changes to hospice CAHPS public reporting requirements
    • Expansion of public reporting factors/items – what is being considered?
      • Meaningful measures
      • Cross-cutting measure criteria
  • Monitored trends in hospice care
  • Information requested on overcoming the transfer and exchange of health information
  • Potential impact of expanding the post-acute hospital transfer policy related to acute care payment reductions tied to early patients discharges to hospice following acute care stays

Who Should Attend

  • Hospice management staff
  • Billers
  • Medical records personnel
  • Quality improvement staff
  • Compliance officers
  • Clinicians and any other hospice program personnel impacted by the updates

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Judy Adams - Home Health Coding Expert

Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, has been involved in health care in numerous health care setting over the span of her career. She has been involved in nearly every aspect of home health care over the last three decades including direct clinical care, supervision, administration and quality improvement.


In 2009, she opened her own education and consultation company with a primary focus on...   More Info
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