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Registration Open for COVID-19: Mid-Response After Action Reporting Webinar

Writing an After Action Report (AAR) and Improvement Plan from a real event can be challenging enough. Writing one for an ever-changing event that has no end in sight can seem impossible. CHA’s COVID 19: Mid-Response After Action Reporting Webinar will discuss how the midterm AAR can use lessons learned — not only in meeting regulatory, accreditation, and grant requirements — but  to identify ways to better respond and what to share with partners that can also help the community response. 

CMS Issues Final Rule for FFY 2020 Hospice Payment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final rule updating hospice payment rates for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020. CMS finalizes a net payment increase of 2.6%, or $520 million, as compared to FFY 2019. The rule also rebases the rates hospices are paid for certain types of care. In addition, the rule modifies the beneficiary hospice election statement to reduce the time spent trying to obtain information needed for treatment decisions and accurate claims submissions.

CDPH Outlines Alternative Pathway for Obtaining a Hospice License

In All Facilities Letter 19-23, issued last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) outlines an alternative pathway to hospice licensing recently made available through the enactment of Senate Bill 1495 (Chapter 424, Statutes of 2018). Under the bill, CDPH must issue a hospice license to any applicant that meets certain standards, including approval by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-certified national accreditation organization.

CHA Issues Summaries of IRF, SNF, Hospice PPS Proposed Rules

CHA has issued three summaries, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of federal fiscal year 2020 prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rules recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) PPS, the skilled-nursing facility (SNF) PPS, and the hospice PPS.

Comments on the  IRF rule are due June 17, and comments on the SNF and hospice rules are due June 18. CHA reminds members to register for an upcoming member forum that will address key provisions of the SNF and IRF proposed rules.

Palliative Care Pilot Program Participants Required to Use New Web-Based Reporting Tool

In All Facilities Letter 18-57, the California Department of Public Health announces a new web-based data collection tool intended to assist providers that participate in the Palliative Care Pilot Program with annual reporting. Program participants must submit certain information using this tool by Jan. 1 of each program year. 2018 reports were due Jan. 1, 2019, but the online reporting portal will remain open through March 1.