2018 Hospice Regulatory Changes

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM Trainer
Conference Date
Thu, Oct 12, 2017
90 minutes
Product Description

Prepare for 2018 Regulatory Changes and Their Impact on the Provision of Care Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit

All health care setting are continually challenged to remain compliant with the ever changing regulations that impact the services they provide. In recent years, many changes have been enacted that impact the provision of hospice services. Hospice agencies and staff need to stay up-to-date on regulatory changes that impact the provision of hospice services under the Medicare program to ensure that they are meeting current requirements and are able to serve their patients effectively.

In this session, expert speaker Judy Adams will discuss what is changing in hospice and new requirements that hospice agencies need to meet in order to stay compliant with new and updated regulations. Judy will provide a summary of the regulatory changes for hospice that happened in 2017 including the FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements, status of the CMS proposal for Accreditation Surveys to be made public, Emergency preparedness requirements, HIS changes, implementation of Hospice Compare, availability of Second Annual Medicare Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File and new Medicare Card changes.

This session will help you prepare for the new changes. Hospice personnel need to remain informed and knowledgeable about upcoming changes that are being considered or developed that will impact the provision of care under the Medicare hospice benefit so that they can make their opinions known, advocate for their patients and families and influence any potential changes to the program. This session will help you do exactly that; you will be able to advocate for the rights of your patients and programs to influence decisions related to changes to the hospice benefit and preserve the integrity of the hospice program for beneficiaries and their families.

Session Highlights

  • Changes in the top 20 hospice diagnoses
  • Overview of the Hospice Quality Reporting program elements
  • Implementation of the New Hospice Compare website
  • Discussion of appropriate sources of the clinical information for hospice certification to support the 6 month or less terminal prognosis
  • Changes in the HIS requirements
  • Discussion of CMS plans to develop and implement “HEART”, a new comprehensive hospice assessment form to replace the current HIS system that relies on chart abstracting HIS information
  • New 30 day requirement for submission of HIS assessments
  • Highlights of emergency preparedness program effective November 15, 2017
  • Availability and use of the Second Annual Medicare Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use Files
  • Preparation for the changes in the Medicare Card

Session Agenda

  • Top diagnosis codes for Hospice
  • Changes in Medicare hospice enrollees diagnosis patterns
  • Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) background
  • Requirement for submission of HIS assessments
  • How the Annual Payment Update determination works
  • Why it is important to meet both HIS and CAHPS® requirements to receive full APU
  • Hospice Compare website – public reporting
  • Hospice eligibility criteria that the medical director should consider prior to admitting patients
  • Clinical information for Hospice certification
  • CMS plans to develop new assessment form
  • HQRP comprehensive assessment patient instrument
  • PEPPER reports
  • 2017 updates to OIG work plan

Who Should Attend

  • This session will be beneficial for a variety of hospice personnel including
  • Directors
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Patient care coordinators
  • Quality improvement personnel
  • Compliance officers
  • Clinical staff

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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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