As policymakers, providers and payers continue to tinker with alternatives to an ailing fee-for-service delivery model, physicians are increasingly being called upon to help lead the transformation. Roughly 5% of hospital leaders were physicians in 2014, according to the American Association for...
Along with a payment hike, the CMS finalized plans to launch a Hospice Compare site this month.
The CMS will change an enrollment policy that prevented hospices from being reimbursed for nearly 90,000 days of end-of-life care for Medicare beneficiaries. That amounted to more than $14 million in lost revenue.
The federal government has been cracking down on certain hospice providers, including Philadelphia-based Home Care Hospice, who game the system to capture higher reimbursements.
Reseachers found racial disparities in the quality of hospice care as well as emotional and religious support services for black and Hispanic patients.
Vitas Healthcare, based in Miami, is denying that it paid kickbacks to Dr. Farid Fata, who is serving a 45-year prison sentence for putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments.
A company that provides hospice care has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle allegations that it contributed to a cancer doctor's foundation in exchange for patient referrals, the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday.
Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, which owns 20 home health and 10 hospice locations, has entered into a joint venture with LHC Group to manage the facilities.
Hospitals from Florida to the Carolinas are taking cover and preparing for the aftermath of the deadly storm.
The new data will allow for more precise breakdowns of CMS' spending on hospice beneficiaries by provider, patient demographics and other characteristics. It is being released at a time when the accessibility and reliability of other spending data from the agency are being questioned.
For most hospital administrators, the idea of allowing filmmakers to roam the halls of the ICU is probably no more appealing than getting into the nitty-gritty of their compensation. But uncomfortable situations can yield powerful results.
The CMS is moving forward with a payment increase to skilled-nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and hospice care that also sets new quality measures.