Home Health & Hospice

Weekly Roundup

Homecare Insider, December 21, 2015

Home health providers travel billions of miles

Nurses, therapists, and home care aides drive nearly 8 billion miles each year and serve more than 14 million patients of all ages, according to a new study released last week by the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). The number of miles driven has significantly increased—by about 70%—since the last study conducted in 2006.

NAHC cited the significant increases in Medicaid home care, Medicare home health, and Medicare hospice utilization as the primary drivers behind the rise in estimated miles in recent years. “With 10,000 seniors turning 65 each day, and the U.S. facing a growing shortage of physicians, the need for home health services will only increase,” the association states.

Source: NAHC 

CMS open door forum tentative date

The tentative date for the next Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum is Wednesday, January 27, 2016, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Source: CMS

GCS posts new denial reason codes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded the number of denial reason codes statements, but lists of more than 80 detailed codes have not been not available to available to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for use in adjudicating home health and hospice claims. However, according to The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the detailed codes can be found on the website of CGS, a home health and hospice MAC.

The detailed codes are posted here:
Home Health

Source: NAHC

Bill would extend rural home health payment differential

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (SB 2389) earlier this month that would extend the rural add-on for Medicare home health services delivered in rural areas, currently set to expire at the end of 2017. The bill, to cited as the ‘‘Preserve Access to Medicare Rural Home Health Services Act of 2015,” was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance on December 10.

Source: LegiScan