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TNMHO Regulatory Update 05/19/2022

Federal News and Information Palmetto Medicare Documentation Signature Timeliness Medicare providers must comply with documentation requirements, including the timeliness of documentation in connection with the provider signature.  Unless the documentation for a service is completed; including signature; a provider cannot submit the service to Medicare.  Medicare states if the service was not documented, then it […]

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Hospice News Weekly 05/17/2022

BLACK LEADERS  CONSIDER RACIAL DISPARITIES IN END-OF-LIFE CARE AND ADVANCE CARE PLANNING Two African American leaders in end-of-life care, Dr. D. Dennis Cross, MD, and Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson, PhD, LMSW, have been the focus of recent media. While millions of persons and families choose hospice care, many fewer people of color make the same […]

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Hospice News Weekly 5/10/2022

CMS SAYS MEDICARE CARE CHOICES MODEL IS REACHING ITS GOALS In 2016, CMS initiated the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) program. The program was conceived to help understand what happens if eligible patients are allowed to receive “support services without forgoing payment for treatment of their terminal conditions.” The program seeks to learn if this […]

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TNMHO Regulatory Update 5/5/2022

Federal News and Information Palmetto Billing Hospice Physician, Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Services (Related to Terminal Diagnosis) Job Aid The Billing Hospice Physician, Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Physician Assistant (PA) Services job aid assists hospices, physicians, NPs and PAs in how to properly bill these services. It was developed in collaboration between HHH MACs […]

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Hospice News Weekly 05/03/2022

THE VALUE OF ADVANCE DIRECTIVES CONTINUES TO BE DELIBERATED BY EXPERTS  A blog on SevenPonds explores the continuing conversation about the possibility that we are getting end-of-life planning wrong. The blog, while not having new information, does a review of the various expert understandings about advance care planning. The blog notes, among others, a 2021 […]

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TNMHO Regulatory Update 04/28/2022

TEXAS REGISTER Be sure your social workers are aware of the proposed rules.  CEU requirements will be changing. TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 34. TEXAS STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKER EXAMINERS CHAPTER 781. SOCIAL WORKER LICENSURE SUBCHAPTER C. APPLICATION AND LICENSING 2 2 TAC §781.501–The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council proposes new §781.501, relating to Requirements for […]

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Hospice News – 04/26/2022

THE DIFFICULTIES OF HOSPICE DISCHARGES  In “Graduating From Hospice Calls for a Continuum of Care,” in Next Avenue, Jennifer Lagemann, caregiver and home health administrator, explores the challenges patients faced when they are discharged from hospice. Lagemann also offers suggestions of addressing these challenges. Hospice patients who “survive, says Lagemann, ” must face what they […]

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TNMHO Regulatory Update 04/21/2022

TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESPART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION HHSC is adopting the following two rules: CHAPTER 551.INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY OR RELATED CONDITIONS SUBCHAPTER C. STANDARDS FOR LICENSURE 26 TAC §551.46-The purpose of the new rule is to describe requirements for ICF/IID Provider Response to COVID-19. CHAPTER […]

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Newsletter for week of 04/19/2022

USA TODAY ARTICLE ASKS: ARE AMERICAN’S VIEW OF DYING  FINALLY CHANGING? USA Today published an article that explores if American’s views of dying are changing. Though we have long been reticent to talk about death, says the article, there seems to be a change now in how we deal with death. The article explores why […]

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Regulatory Update 04-14-2022

Texas Register TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESPART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES   CHAPTER 558. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AGENCIES  SUBCHAPTER I. RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND PANDEMIC-LEVEL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE 26 TAC §558.960 –HHSC is adopting an emergency rule to define criteria for screening staff, clients, and household members for COVID-19, to require […]

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