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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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Australia Hosts 3rd Annual Dying to Know Day

The GroundSwell Project’s will host it's third annual Dying to Know Day in Australia on August 8th. Dying to Know Day started as a grassroots movement in 2013 that aimed at telling people "it won't kill you to talk about death." Since 2013, there have been over 80 Dying to Know Day events and installations in Australia including film nights, Q&A sessions, death cafes, exhibitions, talks and public information stalls. 

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Center for Medicare Advocacy to Challenge CMS on Delay in Appeals

The Center for Medicare Advocacy Inc. (CMA) has announced that a nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries who are challenging "Medicare’s program failure to render decisions at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level within the 90 days required by law.”

 

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CMS Fact Sheet: Moving Medicare Advantage and Part D Forward

CMS has released the fact sheet for moving Medicare and Part D forward. The fact sheet includes information on recent trends in Medicare Advantage and Part D, moving the Medicare Program forward, 2016 rates, and the 2016 call letter. 

 

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Hospice Value Code 78 - Claims Being Incorrectly Returned

Palmetto GBA released an update on hospice claims that are being returned to providers in error with the reason code 36188. CMS has issued Change Request (CR) 9042 to correct the issue (scheduled to be released in July 2015). In the meantime, hospices can remove the Value Code 78 and amount from the claim and resubmit the claim through the DDE system. 

 

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