Hospice Compliance Changes Effective October 1, 2015
Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:25 PM
There are several regulatory requirements with an effective date of October 1, 2015 for hospice providers.
All Diagnoses on the Claim Form
- For service dates of October 1, 2015 and going forward, all diagnoses (related & unrelated) must be entered on the hospice claim form; this is a provision in the FY2016 Final Hospice Wage Index rule.
- An unrelated diagnosis on the claim form does not necessarily equal hospice responsibility. If a hospice physician determines that a diagnosis does not medically contribute to the terminal prognosis, he/she should document why it does not medically contribute to the terminal prognosis in the clinical record.