TruPharmacy News: September Edition

Effective Comprehensive Assessments Prevent Hospice Survey Deficiencies

 OPERATIONS Effective Comprehensive Assessments Prevent Hospice Survey Deficiencies

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released the reports in July, indicating that more than 87% of the 4,563 hospices operating in the United States between 2012 and 2016 had at least one deficiency identified during a regulatory or accreditor survey.






Hospices Overcoming Challenges in Vetting Staff

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Issues such as criminal background checks and credentialing and privileging are significant drivers of regulatory deficiencies among hospice providers, leading hospices to seek strategies to improve compliance.








Hospices Ready Themselves for the Medicare Advantage Carve-In

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this year announced that it would test coverage of hospice care through Medicare Advantage plans beginning in 2021. The carve-in, according to CMS, is intended to increase access to hospice services and facilitate better coordination between patients’ hospice providers and their other clinicians.