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HEALTHCAREfirst and BKD to Host Free Webinar for Hospice Agencies

  
  
  
  
  

New Hospice Billing Changes

HEALTHCAREfirst  is partnering with BKD, LLC to host a free webinar detailing the latest information regarding CMS Change Request (CR) 8358.

Presented by Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance for HEALTHCAREfirst and Aaron Little, Managing Director of BKD, LLP, the webinar will review the latest information regarding new data reporting requirements, address data reporting related questions and offer practical tips for complying with the new requirements including:

  • Review of new hospice billing requirements based on CR 8358, including the most recently issued information released in January 2014.
  • Review of key elements of new data reporting requirements related to electronic claim formatting.
  • Discussion of practical tips for complying with new requirements.

Hospice Administrators, Directors, Managers and billing staff  won’t want to miss this!

The webinar will be held on April 8, 2014 at 10:30 am Central time. It is free of charge, however you must register in advance to attend.  Click here to register.

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2013 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar Recording

  
  
  
  
  

Top Medicare Claim Denials Webinar RecordingMany thanks to those who attended yesterday's Hospice Regulatory Update webinar.  The webinar recording and handout links are shown below.

Presented by Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance for HEALTHCAREfirst, the webinar reviewed the proposed rule and what it might mean for Hospice agencies.  Topics included: payment rates/hospice wage index, quality reporting, payment reform, potential future rebasing changes, hospice cost reporting and more.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, don’t worry! Click here to view the recording or view the webinar handout.

We have many exciting webinars planned for home health and hospice agencies in the future.  We want to hear from you! What topics would you be most interested in?

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Free Webinar: Hospice Regulatory Update

  
  
  
  
  

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2013 proposed rule from CMS for HospiceHEALTHCAREfirst is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a free webinar detailing the 2013 proposed rule from CMS for Hospice.

Presented by Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance for HEALTHCAREfirst, the webinar will review the proposed rule and what it might mean for Hospice agencies.  Topics include: payment rates/hospice wage index, quality reporting, payment reform, potential future rebasing changes, hospice cost reporting and more. 

The webinar is designed for Hospice Administrators, Directors, Managers and others interested in regulatory changes.  

The webinar will be held on May 30, 2013 at 11:30 am central time. It is free of charge, however advance registration is required.  To register, click here.

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CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Training Webinar Recordings Now Available

  
  
  
  
  

CMS Training VideosThe video files and Q&A from the CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Data Collection Training webinars that were conducted in April are now available for viewing.  Click here  to view the files, located under “Related Links.”

As CMS notes, there are two zip files – one file contains four versions of the structural measure training videos and the other contains four versions of the NQF #0209 measure training videos.  You may choose captioned or uncaptioned versions and either MP4 or Windows Media video views.

The Q&A from the trainings is located under “Downloads.”  The Q&A includes questions and answers from the live sessions.

In addition, we encourage you to check out our recorded webinar, “Your Guide to Hospice Quality Reporting.”   This webinar was designed to help you make sense of the Hospice Quality Reporting and is a great way to form a solid understanding of what will be required in October.

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Hospice Quality Reporting Recording Available

  
  
  
  
  

Webinar RecordingOur thanks to all those that attended the Hospice Quality Reporting webinar hosted on June 6, 2012. 

You can access a recording of the webinar here.

As discussed during the webinar below are links to some helpful websites that you may want to bookmark.

Hospice AIM

Hospice Quality Reporting Spotlights & Announcements

During the webinar we reviewed a decision tree matrix associated with NQF #0209.  Participants in the session asked if we would make the documentation available.  To access the PDF of the matrix click here

We appreciate your time and all of the questions submitted.  We were not able to get through all of the questions and have provided a Q&A document for you to review. 

In addition, click here to view the webinar handout.

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Free Webinar on June 6, 2012: Your Guide to Hospice Quality Reporting

  
  
  
  
  
Hospice Quality Reporting Handout WebinarGet the Hospice Quality Reporting Handout here.

Hospice Quality Reporting is now just a few months away from becoming a reality. Information has been trickling in bit by bit over the last few months. We now have more information on what types of data CMS will be looking to collect once the required reporting period begins in October 2012.

You are invited to join us for a free 45-minute webinar to review the information we have learned to date. With the required implementation date fast approaching it will be important that you and others at your agency have a solid understanding of the requirements.  

Upon the conclusion of this course attendees will be able to:

  • Define Hospice Quality Reporting
  • Identify the measures that will be used for Q4 2012 Reporting
  • Define NQF #0209 & the anticipated required reporting elements for Q4 2012
  • Calculate a Comfort Measure Score
  • Define the penalties associated with non-participation

This webinar is free of charge; however you must register in advance to attend. This webinar is intended for Hospice Administrators, Executives, QA team members and anyone else interested in learning more about Hospice Quality Reporting. 

The webinar will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:30 am CT.  To register for the webinar, click here.

Hospice Quality Reporting

  
  
  
  
  

CMS AnnouncementBeginning in October 2012 CMS will require all hospices to collect information in accordance with the regulations defined for Hospice Quality Reporting.  Agencies will be required to submit the information collected between October 2012 and December 2012 in 2014.  Agencies that do not submit the data will be impacted by payment reductions in 2014.

CMS has posted information on two Webinars that they will offer, in April, to provide agencies with training on the program.  The webinars will cover:

  • Structural/QAPI measure
  • NQF #0209 Pain Measure

There will be two (identical) 90 minute webinars. Links to the CMS registration sites are provided below.

We encourage you to sign up to attend one of these sessions.  If you are unable to attend, CMS has indicated that they will make a recording, along with the associated slides, available on the website following the webinars.

Access the CMS Spotlight & Announcements page on the CMS website for more information.

Hospice Quality Reporting Webinars

  
  
  
  
  

CMS WebinarsCMS has announced that they will be hosting two (identical) 90-minute webinars to help hospices prepare for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. This includes the data collection period beginning in October 2012 through December 2012. 

The agenda will include:

  • Structural / QAPI Measure
  • NQF #0209 Pain Measure

The webinars are scheduled to take place on

April 11, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST

April 19, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

CMS noted that the webinars will be recorded.  The recording and slides associated with the webinar will be posted after the trainings.

Registration has not opened yet but is anticipated to open by the end of March. As more information is available we will post it here, on Facebook & via Twitter.

Recording of "Hospice: Trends and Statistics" Webinar

  
  
  
  
  

Webinar RecordingWe recently completed a FREE Webinar called “Hospice: Trends and Statistics.”  It was a brief overview of the most recently reported statistics and trends associated with the hospice care industry.  If you happened to miss this informative event you can access the recording by clicking here.

HEALTHCAREfirst will be offering more webinars for the hospice care industry and we are looking forward to meeting with many of you again.

If you have any trouble opening the link, or if you would like more information about hospice software, please call 800-841-6095.

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FREE Webinar: "Hospice: Trends and Statistics"

  
  
  
  
  

FREE HOSPICE WEBINARHospice agencies should click here to view the handouts for the webinar, “Hospice: Trends and Statistics.” 

This free webinar, to be held this morning at 10:30 CT, is a brief overview of the most recently reported statistics and trends in hospice.  The information includes the number of patients served, days billed, payer mix, length of stay, etc.  The reports contain a great deal of valuable information that we, as an industry, can use to see where we've been and sometimes forecast where we're going based on trends in the market.  We will discuss what the hospice marketplace looks like today as well as take a peek into the future.

If you would like to register for the webinar, click here

We hope you can make it!
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