CMS adds future hospice quality measure development to Provider Engagement Opportunities webpage

By Home Health Line.
CMS on its website has added a portion about future quality measure development for hospices.
“This addition to the webpage will keep stakeholders informed of hospice measures that CMS has submitted to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Measure Application Process (MAP),” according to a post on CMS’ website. “At this time, CMS is developing a claims-based Transitions from Hospice Care, Followed by Death or Acute Care, measure, which is posted on the Measures …

Hospice owner found guilty for fraud of $12m

A former Mississippi hospice owner Charline Brandon has pleaded guilty to making fraudulent hospice claims.
Brandon acknowledged submitting nearly $12 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and nearly $3 million to Medicaid while she was running Haven Hospice, North Haven Hospice, Lion Hospice and North Lion Hospice. A 2017 indictment alleged she was engaged in fraud for nearly a decade. She faces up to 10 years in prison and $250k in fines.
Mississippi has been targeted by …

CMS posts hospice quality reporting program quick reference guide

By Home Health Line.
CMS has recently posted a two-page “Hospice Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Quick Reference Guide” that includes frequently asked questions, information about the quality reporting program help desks and helpful links to additional resources about quality reporting.
View the guide at https://go.cms.gov/2OLhYVi.

Hospice, home health admissions up

Excel Health, a data analysis company fro the healthcare industry, reports that hospice admissions are up. According to a September 25, 2018 press release:
Hospice admissions continued to grow steadily, reporting a 4% growth over the same period in 2017 and consistent with growth in previous quarters. Hospice utilization rates also continued to steadily climb at 1.3%, consistent with previous quarters. From the Q1 2018 data, there are now 16 states where hospice utilization rates are …