Thank you to every member who attended, all of the exhibitors, and all of our sponsors for making this year's Annual Meeting such a huge success!
November is Hospice & Palliative Care Month!
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CMS Removes Physician Narrative Requirement in Face-to-Face Encounter
The Final Rule issued recently by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a myriad of important policy changes in addition to the 2015 payment rates for home health services. Among those important changes is the modification to the rule requiring a face-to-face encounter with a physician as a condition for payment in Medicare. The face-to-face encounter requirement has been burdened with complexity and vagueness since it was originally promulgated in 2011. The difficulties with the rule, particularly the physician narrative requirement, led NAHC to file a lawsuit against CMS in early June. NAHC's article provides a review of the changes to that rule.
Additional Resources Now Available Online for Hospice CAHPS
As hospices gear up to ensure readiness for compliance with forthcoming Hospice CAHPS requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing routine updates to materials related to CAHPS on its CAHPS Hospice Survey site.