New supplemental contractor to examine general inpatient hospice care

Source: Home Health Line
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC — CMS’ new Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) — has announced it is conducting post-payment reviews of claims for general inpatient (GIP) hospice care.
Noridian’s review is for care billed on dates of service from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017.
Note that when StrategicHealthSolutions was a SMRC, it announced in 2017 that it would conduct post-payment reviews of certain 2015 claims to see whether hospices billed for GIP …

Feds increase fines for bloodborne pathogens, other workplace hazards

Source: Home Health Line
Fines for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have been adjusted for inflation. A pre-publication version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties was posted Jan. 15.
Fines that fall in the categories of serious and other-than-serious and posting requirements will go up from a maximum penalty of $12,934 per violation to $13,260 per violation, while failure-to-abate violations will go up the same amount per day.
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CMS posts educational materials for patients about opioids

This year, CMS announced strategies to help Medicare Part D sponsors prevent and combat opioid overuse, including the Improving Drug Utilization Review Controls in Part D website contains information about the Medicare Part D opioid overutilization policies including:

Drug Management Programs, codified in the 2019 Parts C & D Final Rule. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-16/pdf/2018-07179.pdf.

As required by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), in this final rule, CMS finalized the framework under which Part D plan sponsors may …

Hospice provider preview reports are now available

Source: Home Health Line.
Hospice CAHPS survey reports provider preview reports and hospice provider preview reports have been updated and are now available.
These two reports are available in hospices’ CASPER non-validation reports folders.
Providers have through Jan. 9, 2019, to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) and CAHPS survey results.