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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to include services by marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and mental health counselors (MHCs) in hospice care. This expansion aims to enhance the psychosocial services available to hospice patients and their families. While hospices are... Keep Reading
Hospice providers must now adjust their operations slightly to accommodate another change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Effective June 3, 2024, CMS requires physicians certifying Medicare beneficiaries for hospice services to be enrolled in or validly opted out of PECOS (Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System)... Keep Reading
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the ̲app Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model in 2016 to improve efficiency and quality in home health services and ensure the appropriate patients receive this care. Measuring baseline performance began in 2023. In 2025, providers will see a 5% increase or... Keep Reading
The influence of technology in home healthcare is constantly growing, introducing new efficiencies and improvements in patient care as it evolves. A panel of healthcare and technology experts convened at the 2024 ̲app Growth, Innovation and Leadership Experience (AGILE) to discuss how the latest technology is impacting the current healthcare... Keep Reading
Nursing and staffing shortages continue to be a pain point for leaders facing the increasing demand for care at home. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to address these challenges, a panel of industry leaders shared pathways to sustain the nursing workforce at the 2024 ̲app, Growth, Innovation and Leadership... Keep Reading
Fraud and abuse can lead to audits and scrutiny. A panel of industry experts including legal, public policy and financial experts spoke on how providers can prepare for a successful future at the 2024 ̲app, Growth, Innovation and Leadership Experience (AGILE). Fred Bentley, Managing Director at Medicare Innovation ATI Advisory, moderated... Keep Reading
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in 2023 that by 2030 they want every beneficiary to be part of a risk-based model of care. A panel of industry experts including healthcare providers and partners spoke on navigating this change at the 2024 ̲app, Growth, Innovation and Leadership... Keep Reading
“Everybody wants to be in your business,” speaker and author Nick Webb stated as he delivered the keynote session highlighting home care and hospice trends at the 2024 ̲app Growth, Innovation and Leadership Experience (AGILE). In the session, Webb outlined that the future of healthcare lies in decentralization and organizations need... Keep Reading
Headlines would have you think that the recently released FY 2025 Hospice Proposed Final Rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is good news. And for the most part, it is, says ̲app Vice President of Hospice Professional Services Zaundra Ellis. The story that the headlines don’t... Keep Reading
The Hospice Special Focus Program (SFP) was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to identify and monitor poor hospice performers. Hospices selected for the SFP will face increased oversight from CMS and potential termination from the Medicare program if no improvement is made while in the... Keep Reading
̲app Care connects home health organizations with qualified clinicians to fill staffing gaps and provide timely care. In most cases, clinicians providing coverage for organizations in need are considered independent contractors rather than employees, shares Shelley Bailey, RN, BSN, Senior Product Manager at ̲app. She details the tax documents... Keep Reading
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ transition to ̲app Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) is set to begin seeing tangible results in 2025. In that year, organizations will see the financial impact of the change that has been a long time coming. Even though HHVBP is in its infancy, many... Keep Reading

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