You are invited to submit a proposal to speak at the: Home Health Payment Summit

DecisionHealth is recruiting home health professionals to present at the Home Health Payment Summit. The conference will take place Aug. 6-7, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas.
This conference will contain a multitude of sessions to help home health agencies navigate the current home health payment system (Medicare and other payors) to ensure agencies receive full and accurate reimbursement. Plus, agencies will prepare for dramatic changes to the payment system expected as part of the Patient-Driven Groupings …

GAO: New payment rates for Part B lab tests may lead to billions in overpayments

Source: The Bottom Line
This post originally appeared on December 10, 2018 in Revenue Cycle Advisor.
Medicare’s new method of calculating payment rates for laboratory tests, intended to reduce Medicare spending by $360 million in the first year, could cost the agency billions in overpayments, according to a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
CMS established new payment rates for Medicare Part B laboratory services, effective in 2018. CMS was required under the Protecting Access to …

CMS to provide two-part hospice training webinar

Source: Home Health Line
CMS will host a two-part webinar 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST Dec. 13 called “Updates to Public Reporting in Fiscal Year 2019: Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure and Data Correction Deadlines.”
Hospices can register at https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=3536&seid=1296.
The first portion of training will focus on the Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure — Comprehensive Assessment at Admission (NQF #3235), also known as “the Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure.”
CMS will explain the background of the measure, …

HHS considers modifying HIPAA

Source: Home Health Line
HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a request for information (RFI) to help it identify provisions of HIPAA privacy and security regulations that should be modified.
It wants to “remove regulatory obstacles and decrease regulatory burdens in order to facilitate efficient care coordination and/or case management and to promote the transformation to value-based health care” while preserving the security and privacy of patients’ protected health information.
The office wants to know about …