CMS Provides Education On Revised Hospice Item Set Manual
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 8:47 AMLast week, CMS held a training call for the revised Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual. The revised manual is version 1.02 and includes HIS definition clarifications as well as revised guidance. CMS has indicated that it will release a recording of the call. In the interim, CMS has posted presentation slides and a change table outlining the revisions. Hospices should complete and submit HIS records even if late. Providers will receive a warning 'error' but the records are still accepting, according to NAHC. Additionally, the definitions for admission and discharge are helpful in determining when an HIS needs to be submitted. Admission: A patient is considered “admitted” to a hospice if:
- There is a signed election statement (or other agreement for care for non-Medicare patients) and
- The patient did not expire prior to the effective date of the election or agreement for care and
- The hospice made a visit in the setting where hospices services are to be initiated.
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