The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Aug. 14, 2017 that it will expand on its Probe and Educate program, which initially began in 2014 as a national clinical documentation review strategy to reduce and prevent improper payments. CMS believes the results of the program have been positive, as providers that received education experienced a decrease in claim errors.
Many hospice organizations are feeling increased pressure to remain compliant with federal regulations while trying to ensure accurate reimbursement for optimal cash flow and operation.
Since July 1st, 2014 hospice agencies have been required to submit a Hospice Item Set (HIS) related to CMS to comply with the National Quality Forum (NQF) measures, which collect data on treatment preferences, pain assessment and more. Every Medicare-certified hospice agency must submit two HIS records for every patient — a HIS-Admission record and a HIS-Discharge record. CMS allows a 14-day window to submit the HIS-Admission record and a 7-day for the HIS-Discharge record.
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Home Health Care Improving Patient Care With Amazon Alexa Pilot
Nurses and home care aides at Libertana Home Health Care have been using Alexa with some elderly clients for several weeks in an experiment. Already, it has helped them be more responsive to their clients' needs, streamlining things like making sure they get their medication. Read more at CNBC.