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Legislative Update 1/27/2023

PLEASE NOTE: New information added from the previous week is in bold in its entirity.   Prefiling began on November 14, 2022, in Texas!  We expect many bills to be filed.  Every week, hospice providers will receive a legislative update so you can be aware of what is going on in your respective states during […]

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Regulatory Update 01/24/2023

Federal News and Information Palmetto Provider Self-Determined Aggregate Cap Limitation Form Due February 28, 2023 Hospice providers please be aware of the above.  For direction, visit here.    Texas News and Information Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.) Update The nurse aide registry currently does not have a back log.  Renewals […]

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Hospice National News 01/17/2023

Gao Calls On CMS To Strengthen “Reporting Requirements To Better Protect” Those Receiving Hospice Care GAO publicly released a “Fast Facts” report on 1/11, calling for CMS to improve hospice reporting, making the requirements more like those for nursing homes. “This includes reporting all abuse and neglect allegations immediately – even those involving unaffiliated perpetrators.” […]

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Legislative Update 1/17/2023

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Your Billing Responsibilities For Medicare programs to work effectively, providers have a significant responsibility for the collection and maintenance of patient information. They must ask questions to secure employment and insurance information. They have a responsibility to identify payers other than Medicare so that […]

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Legislative Update 1/6/2023

Prefiling began on November 14, 2022, in Texas!  We expect many bills to be filed.  Every week, hospice providers will receive a legislative update so you can be aware of what is going on in your respective states during the session.  New Mexico cannot begin filing until January 2023, at which time our New Mexican […]

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Regulatory Update 1/10/2023

Texas Register Part 41. Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council Chapter 882. Applications And Licensing Subchapter D. Criminal History And License Eligibility 22 Tac §882.42-The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council proposes amendments to §882.42, relating to Ineligibility Due to Criminal History. The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to propose the following rule(s) at its October 25, 2022, […]

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Regulatory Update 12/20/2022

Registers: Federal Register Texas Register New Mexico Register   Texas Register Part 34. Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiner Chapter 781. Social Worker Licensure Subchapter C. Application and Licensing 22 TAC §781.401 The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council proposes amendments to §781.401, relating to Qualifications for Licensure.  The proposed amendments delete the 48- and […]

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Hospice National News 12/20/2022

Survey Examines Views of Aging and End-of-Live Care In late November, Patient Engagement HIT published “Most Patients Wary of End-of-Life Care, Senior Healthcare Experience.” The article reports on a September survey from the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI). NPHI has posted outcomes from the survey. The report, “Views and Experiences of Aging […]

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Hospice National News 12/13/2022

Medpac Holds December Meetings and Makes Recommendations for Changes to Hospice   On December 8, MedPAC staff member Kim Neuman offered a presentation titled, “Assessing payment adequacy and updating payments: Hospice services.” Neuman examined “beneficiaries’ access to hospice care, quality of care, hospices’ access to capital, and the relationship between Medicare’s payments and hospices’ costs. […]

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Regulatory Update 12/13/2022

Texas Register Governor Greg Abbott Proclamation 41-3941 This proclamation renews the March 13, 2020, disaster proclamation that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas.  Read the proclamation.   Texas Health and Human Services Commission Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) […]

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