CMS has announced dark days for FISS and Common Working File Hosts on July 2 and 3. This means that a Notice of Election (NOE) will not process on these days. NHPCO has verified with CMS that all MACs will consider the dark days as a qualifying exception request for a late NOE submission.
CMS has proposed a rule that could increase spending on hospice by 1.3% or $200 million in fiscal year 2016. CMS is also using this rule to clarify how to properly document a diagnosis on claims forms.
USA Today reported last week that Medicare is considering changes to hospice care policy to prevent overpayments. More specifically, the changes would prevent Medicare from paying twice for care provided by both hospice and non-hospice providers.
CMS has rescinded change request 9114 related to adding a physicians NPI number on the election statement signed by new patients. The change request was rescinded on April 17, 2015 in response to concerns raised by the hospice community. Please note, the election statement is different than the Notice of Election (NOE). NOE's still require a physician NPI number.