In-depth research from the experts in the industry.

StateServ’s experts have the knowledge and years of experience to make them a wonderful resource to hospices looking to stay on top of industry developments, address growing trends, and make timely and informed policy decisions. Here, you can browse and download the whitepapers offered by StateServ. Simply click on the headline and provide the information requested in order to access a PDF of the latest and most-thorough analysis of issues affecting hospices.

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare Hospice Payment Rates and Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2016

"CMS issued a proposed rule (CMS-1629-P) that would update the Medicare hospice payment rates and wage index for fiscal year 2016. The proposed hospice payment rule reflects the ongoing efforts of CMS to support beneficiary access to hospice care. As proposed, hospices would see an estimated 1.3 percent ($200 million) increase in their payments for FY 2016. CMS is proposing two routine home care rates, in a budget-neutral manner, to provide separate payment rates for the first 60 days of care and care beyond 60 days. The proposed reform seeks to recognize the lower cost of care for very long stay patients and ensure that hospices are properly enrolling beneficiaries that meet the benefit criteria. In addition to the two routine home care rates, CMS is proposing a service intensity add-on payment that would help to promote and compensate for the provision of skilled visits at end of life." Click here to view the wage index data by U.S. County. Source: http://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center.html

April 30, 2015

Protecting Digitalized Assets in Healthcare, a Whitepaper by Globalscape

Globalscape released this Whitepaper on the importance of Protecting Digitalized Assets in Healthcare. Read more about the Risk and Rewards and Securing Medical Data at: Protecting Digitalized Assets in Healthcare

April 24, 2014

Missouri Hospice Association Completes Study Affirming the Cost Benefits of Maintaining Hospice Care in Medicaid Programs Across the Nation

The Missouri Department of Social Services approved a research study submitted by the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association (MHPCA) in 2013 to explore potential costs savings of hospice services associated with end-of-life services within the Missouri Medicaid program. The project was completed, in part, by funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health. Read more at: MO Medicaid Project Release

February 20, 2014

Changes for the CMS 1500 Claim Form

CMS has revised the 1500 claim form and Version 02/12 will replace the current CMS 1500 claim form, 08/05, effective with claims received on and after April 1, 2014. This is a change for agencies who bill Medicare Part B and/or palliative care. Software vendors should also be updating their billing templates to reflect the updated form. Read on to learn more about the changes.

January 15, 2014

Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) General Information

The Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) was mandated by Section 3004 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As part of the HQRP, all Medicare-certified hospices are required to submit quality data to CMS. The first reporting cycle, which will impact payments in FY2014, required data be collected in 2012 and submitted by specific deadlines in 2013. Read on to learn more about the requirements, compliance and more.

January 5, 2014

Position Statement on Access to Palliative Care in Critical Care Setting

NHPCO believes that all patients in critical care settings and their family members have a right to palliative care. This requires a call to action for professionals in critical care settings, palliative providers and hospital administrators to ensure the provision of palliative care.

December 31, 2013

CMS Comments on Part-D Payments for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice

Previous policy statements by CMS have addressed hospice and Part-D sponsor requirements regarding responsibility for the payment of prescription drugs under the Part-A hospice benefit and Part-D. However, CMS has received questions indicating their policy statements are being misinterpreted by some parties. Therefore, in this memorandum, CMS seeks to clarify the criteria for determining payment responsibility for drugs for hospice beneficiaries.

December 6, 2013

Compliance Audit Tool

survey. Providers can use this tool to self-assess their compliance with each regulatory requirement. Deficiencies are listed in order of the most frequently cited.

December 2, 2013

Hospice Care in America 2013 Facts and Figures

NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in American provides an annual overview of important trends in the growth, delivery and quality of hospice care across the country. This overview provides specific information on Hospice patient care, Hospice provider characteristics, location and level of care and role of paid and volunteer staff.

December 1, 2013

User Guide for Data Collection FY2015 Reporting Cycle

The Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) was mandated by Section 3004 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As part of the HQRP, all Medicare-certified hospices are required to submit quality data to CMS.

August 1, 2013