CMS Announces Medicare Care Choices Model Awards
Posted: 07.20.15 | Category: Corridor Solutions
Today, CMS announced the participants in a new model of care that empowers beneficiaries, their families, and clinicians by providing them greater flexibility in deciding between hospice care and curative treatment. The model is part of a larger effort by HHS to transform the healthcare system to deliver better care, spend money in a smarter way, and put patients in the center of their care to keep them healthy.
The Medicare Care Choices Model provides beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare hospice benefit and dually eligible beneficiaries who also qualify under the Medicare hospice benefit to elect to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice, while continuing to receive curative services.
The model is designed to evaluate whether Medicare and dually eligible beneficiaries would elect to receive supportive care services that are typically provided by hospice if they could also continue to receive curative services. Additionally, the model would test if providing both palliative and curative care concurrently impacts quality of care, as well as patient and family satisfaction.
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Tags: Corridor, Curative Services, Home Health, Hospice, Hospice & Palliative Care, Medicare, Medicare Care Choice Model
U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Health Innovations Bill
Posted: 07.14.15 | Category: Corridor Solutions
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6)) by a vote of 344-77 on Friday, July 10. The legislation contains language of interest to home care and hospice providers and requires CMS to research methods to improve electronic health records, interoperability, and telehealth. The legislation also instructs CMS to report to Congressional committees of jurisdiction on means of expanding telehealth and barriers to its expansion in Medicare, and has a section on ensuring the interoperability of health information. The bill does not make any changes to current telehealth services provided by CMS, as currently written.The legislation has been praised as a “breakthrough initiative,” helping more people get the life-saving treatment they need. Stay tuned to the Corridor blog for updates regarding the status of this legislation.
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Tags: 21st Century Cures Act, CMS, Corridor, Home Health, Hospice, Telehealth, U.S. House Of Representatives
NAHC Provides Summary Of CMS Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum
Posted: 07.13.15 | Category: Corridor Solutions
CMS hosted its Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on July 8. NAHC has put together a summary of home health and hospice issues relating to the 2016 Home Health Payment Rate Update, Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP), Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP), Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS), Claims Processing, and Hospice Issues.
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Tags: CMS, DME, Home Health, Home Health Payment Rate, Home Health Quality Reporting Program, Hospice, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, OASIS, OASIS Coding, Outcome and Assessment Information Set, Value-Based Purchasing
Medicare Plans To Pay Docs For Counseling On End Of Life
Posted: 07.09.15 | Category: Corridor Solutions
Medicare has announced plans to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they ever became too sick to speak for themselves. The new plan is expected to be approved and take effect in January 2016.
Medicare officials believe the new proposal “supports individuals and families who wish to have the opportunity to discuss advance care planning with their physician and care team.” More than ever, patients, family and providers are pushing to give people greater say about how they die.
The plan would also allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians be reimbursed for face-to-face meetings with a patient and any relatives or caregivers the patient wants to include.
As the American aging population grows, a growing number of people are seeking options with their doctors and other qualified professionals on whether they want to die at home or in a hospital, and under what circumstances they would want life-sustaining treatment.
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Tags: Aging Population, Corridor, end of life care, Home Health, Hospice, Medicare, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistants, Physicians
Department of Labor Proposes Overtime Rule
Posted: 07.01.15 | Category: Corridor Solutions
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would extend overtime pay to nearly 5 million workers, increasing the overtime exemption threshold from a yearly salary of $23,660 to $50,440.
The current salary level under which administrative, executive, and professional employees are eligible for overtime compensation is $23,660 per year, or $455 per week on a salary or free basis. The new regulation changes the annual salary for overtime eligibility to $50,440 or $921 per week on a salary of fee basis.
Additionally, the proposed rule provides “further clarification” about which employees are eligible for overtime. NAHC is currently analyzing the 295-page rule to determine its impact on home care and hospice agencies.
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Tags: Corridor, Department of Labor, Home Health, Hospice, Long Term Care, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities