House Passes SGR Reform Bill
Posted: 03.27.15 | Category: TCG Solutions
Yesterday, a majority passed Medicare legislation that reforms the physician payment formula also known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). H.R. 2 will now go to the Senate where it is expected to pass.
The bill includes the previously reported provisions that affect home health and hospice services:
- The annual payment rate update (Market Basket Index) is set at 1% in 2018. This represents an estimated 1 point reduction from what would otherwise be the update
- A two year extension of the home health rural add-on at 3%. Under the bill, the add-on would expire with episodes beginning January 1, 2018 and later.
- Modification of the home health surety bond requirements setting the bond minimum at $50,000 and allowing Medicare to scale the bond value up commensurate with the volume of Medicare revenue in the home health agency.
The Medicare beneficiary changes do not include a home health copay.
The bill “would institute a permanent fix in the physician payment methodology” which is good news for Medicare providers as there have been 17 previous “patches” that were financed by cutting provider payment rates.
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Tags: Home Health, Hospice, House of Representatives, Medicare, Sustainable Growth Rate
Holiday Special! Happening Now Through the End of the Year!
Posted: 12.15.14 | Category: Education & Training, TCG Promotions
We have some of our most popular items on sale this holiday season! Which one will you fill your stocking with?
These holiday specials run from now until
December 31, 2014! Click here to shop now!
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Give the gift of eLearning
Posted: 12.04.14 | Category: TCG CHEX eLearning, TCG Promotions
This holiday season, give your staff the gift that will keep on giving throughout the year…TCG CHEX eLearning! Your staff will have 24/7 access to our full course library stuffed with over 160 courses specific to home health and hospice, offering 70+ CEs for nursing and select courses offering social work CEs.
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- 4 courses to prepare clinicians for OASIS-C1
- 3 OASIS Competency Tests focused on technical knowledge, clinical domain and functional domain
A combination of recorded webinars and interactive courses:
- ICD–10: By the Book is a 17 session webinar series that is ideal for coders and coding managers
- ICD–10: In the Field is a series of 3 courses geared for “field” staff to assist in perfecting specificity in documentation
- Hospice Coding: Now and in the Futureis the perfect introductory course for Hospice coders and clinicians
*When you sign a two-year TCG Chex eLearning contract by 1/15/2015 and go live by 2/15/2015.
To learn more, email Steve Molinari or call 904-755-4602.
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