On March 25, 2020, NHPCO leaders hosted a discussion updating hospices on the Covid-19 crisis. The discussion addressed several regulatory and legislative issues related to the virus as well as how hospices should respond and the ethical dilemmas that the community may face. We encourage you to view the full recording here.
Below, we’ve summarized 5 key high-level takeaways from the conversation:
When it comes to your EMR, hospice-specific matters.
Amid the rapidly changing circumstances being faced by the hospice industry, it matters more than ever. Before you commit to an unfamiliar EMR, it's important to verify that it has all of the tools you and your clinicians need to care for patients. Below we list 3 important features that every hospice EMR should have including intuitive hospice-specific workflows, compliance with all of Medicare's top 10 deficiencies, and features to streamline IDG meetings.
A team-based approach is critical to patients in their end-of-life care, and the IDG meeting is a care planning meeting unique to hospice. Unfortunately, the functioning of IDG teams and the documenting of bi-weekly IDG team meetings have come under scrutiny by regulatory bodies in recent months. As regulatory bodies look closely at the care being provided by hospice, they are recognizing the need for proper documentation and coordination among all the members of the care team.
Hospice compliance has been at the forefront of the news recently, with numerous reports of hospices across the country not meeting hospice CMS or OIG standards. This Halloween, Medicare's top 10 deficiencies don't have to be scary.
We’ve created a quick reference infographic (below) for hospices to use to see the most common deficiencies Medicare found in hospices in 2018.