Home Health & Hospice Weekly News Roundup

Our weekly list of news, reports, and information about home health and hospice care. Learn about new studies, trends, CMS regulations and more.

Pre-Claim Affirmation Rates Rise, But Some Agencies Stay on Sidelines

Affirmation rates for the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) currently underway in Illinois continued to rise in the program’s 17th week. Affirmation rates—including claims that were either fully or partially affirmed—reached 87% in the latest data provided to CMS, the agency reported on December 2.

MedPAC to Recommend No Hospice Update for FY2018

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) will recommend to Congress that it eliminate the legislatively-mandated update for FY2018 hospice payments, expressing an interest in exploring policy changes that might address incentives that continue to drive long lengths of stay and high live discharge rates in the field.

Judge Calls for Medicare Appeals Backlog Elimination by 2020

HHS must resolve all pending cases in the Medicare appeals backlog at the administrative law judge level by the end of 2020, ordered a federal judge. The most recent decision ends a two-and-a-half-year long case against HHS. The American Hospital Association (AHA) and several hospitals started the case to compel the federal department to comply with statutory deadlines for Medicare appeals hearings.

Chronic Care Legislation Would Extend Independence at Home Demonstration

A new bill would extend the successful Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration. Set to expire in September of 2017, the extension would run two additional years to September 2019 and increase the cap on the number of beneficiaries allowable from 10,000 to 15,000.

Home Health Leaders Congratulate Congressman Greg Walden on Chairmanship of House Energy & Commerce Committee

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today congratulated Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) on his recent appointment to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee in the 115th Congress. Congressman Walden has been a longtime advocate for the home health and hospice community by leading legislation to protect vulnerable patients, providers and taxpayers.