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CMS Announces Hospice Participants in Medicare Care Choices Model

Last month CMS announced the list of hospices selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model. More than 140 hospices will be participating in the model for a timeframe of five years. CMS expects that up to 150,000 eligible Medicare and dually eligible beneficiaries will be chosen to participate.

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Medicare shows decline in Deaths, Hospitalizations and Costs

A new study has found that deaths, hospitalizations rates and costs have declined among U.S. Medicare patients. 

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Thank you to LMHPCO for a great leadership conference

Thank you to the Louisiana & Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for hosting a great Leadership Conference in New Orleans last week (July 29-30). 

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Hospice Certification Errors

Palmetto GBA has published a list of hospice certification errors and how to avoid the errors. We encourage hospice to review this article to prevent being denied certification. 

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Hospice Medical Review Top Denial Reason Codes

Palmetto GBA has posted the hospice medical review top denial reason codes and how to avoid them for April - June 2015. We encourage hospice provider to review this information before filing claims to help prevent denials and ensure claims are processed timely. 

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