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CMS Announces Details of Post Acute Demonstration (News Article) - Aug 6th, 2007
CMS held an open door forum specifically to give more details of its important Medicare Post Acute Care Demonstration. The purpose of this congressionally mandated demo is to gather information on the cost and quality of different forms of post-acute care to suggest new ways for Medicare to pay for...
Medicare Hospice Billing Detail Requirements Expanded (News Article) - Aug 6th, 2007
CMS has issued a new instruction significantly expanding the level of detail that must be provided on hospice billings, effective January 1st 2008. The expansion will require hospices to include the number of direct care visits by discipline provided for each week of hospice care and the code...
CMS Publishes New Medicare Hospice Rates Effective October 1st 2007 (News Article) - Jul 30th, 2007
CMS quietly published the new Medicare hospice rates effective for services provided after October 1st 2007. The rates reflect a 3.3% increase based on the hospital market basket and of course must be adjusted by the final Hospice Wage Index Rule when it is published. (Publication is expected...
Count-Down to the New PPS: Diagnostic Coding (News Article) - Jul 30th, 2007
The advent of the PPS system resulted in VNAs building necessary bridges between the business and clinical activities that were not critical under cost-based reimbursement. The revisions to the PPS are making communication and common understand between clinical and financial managers more important...
Countdown to PPS Reform—25 Weeks Until PPS-2008 (News Article) - Jul 16th, 2007
The clock continues to count down to the major changes in the PPS system. VNAA will be publishing a continuing series of Member Update Articles to help members prepare. This week we would suggest a focus on two related financial areas. First, nail down the best possible impact analysis of...
VNA Volunteer Agencies Needed for CMS Post-Acute Care Demonstration (News Article) - Jul 16th, 2007
Research Triangle Institute (RTI), the contractor charged with conducting the Medicare Post-Acute Care Demonstration, has opened the solicitation for volunteer agencys participation in this important demonstration. Because this demonstration will result in Medicare payment reform recommendations...
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