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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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Newsletter for Week of 04/12/2022

AVOIDING TALKING ABOUT DEATH IS HURTING THE ENVIRONMENT  It is no secret that Americans often prefer to not think or talk about death and dying. An article in The Week magazine, titled “Americans are bad at talking about death, and it’s hurting the environment,” explores how this reticence is hurting the earth. As the U.S. […]

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Regulatory Update – 04/07/2022

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Eligible Individuals Can Receive Second COVID-19 Booster Shot at No Cost Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will pay for a second COVID-19 booster shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines without cost sharing as it continues […]

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Newsletter for Week of 04/04/2022

CALIFORNIA AUDITOR’S REPORT SAYS STATE’S LACK OF CONTROLS HAS CREATED OPPORTUNITIES FOR “LARGE-SCALE FRAUD AND ABUSE” California’s Acting State Auditor, Michael S. Tilden, forwarded a letter and a complete report of the audit examining the State’s licensure and oversight of hospice provider agencies. The report cites lax oversight of hospices as leading to widespread fraud, […]

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2022 Hospice CAHPS Honors

TNMHO is proud to recognize members who have been given this prestigious honor for continuously providing the highest level of quality, as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. CONGRATULATIONS!! ANGELS CARE HOSPICE WICHITA FALLS, TX HEART TO HEART HOSPICE OF EAST TEXAS LLC HEART TO HEART HOSPICE OF TYLER LTD HEARTSWAY HOSPICE OF NORTHEAST […]

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Newsletter for Week of 03/29/2022

CMS OFFERS UPDATES AND CHANGES TO THE VBID MODEL AND HOSPICE BENEFIT PAYMENTS The CMS Innovation Center recently held a webinar to address the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model. “During this webinar, presenters provided a brief review of the recently released Calendar Year (CY) 2023, Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the VBID Model, and […]

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Regulatory Update – 03/31/2022

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) CMS Hospice Election and Addendum Form: It has been strongly recommended that hospice providers consider utilizing the CMS hospice election and addendum form to avoid issues in medical review.  You can access the form at: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/model-example-hospice-election-statement.pdf.   Implementation of the GV Modifier for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and […]

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Regulatory Update – 03/24/2022

Federal News and Information: Palmetto: Reminder to share with your billers.  This addresses new system edits to prevent billing gaps in hospice transfer, what happens when there is a billing gap, and how to handle transfers from out of services areas. Gap Billing Between Hospice Transfers There are new system edits to prevent gap billing […]

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Newsletter for week of 03/21/2022

MEDPAC ISSUES REPORT TO CONGRESS:  MedPAC issued its Report to Congress. Chapter 11, of the 14-chapter report, addresses hospice services. The report reviews the Medicare Hospice Benefit and shares that, in 2020, “more than 1.7 million Medicare beneficiaries (including almost half of Medicare decedents) received hospice services from 5,058 providers, and Medicare hospice expenditures totaled […]

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Regulatory Update – 03/18/2022

New Mexico Register: REGULATION AND LICENSING DEPARTMENT BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS repealed and replace rules which are effective March 13, 2022. Topics covered are:  application, reciprocity, and disciplinary actions.  To review, go to:   https://www.srca.nm.gov/nmac/nmregister/pdf/xxxiii05.pdf.      Federal News and Information: Telehealth and the Public Health Emergency (PHE) Congress passed HR 2471, Consolidated Appropriations Act […]

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