Reminder of PECOS deadline

As of October 4, Medicare home health agencies will be receiving warning messages from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to claims where the ordering physician is not enrolled in PECOS (Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System).

Agencies will still be paid for claims, but the warning message will indicate that such payments will be denied as of January 3, 2011.

For more background on this issue, visit previous newsfeed posts here.

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New CMS Proposed Rule Issued on Provider Screening, etc.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new proposed rule on September 20 that lays out changes in provider screening, suspension of payments, fraud control, temporary moratorium criteria, and cross program terminations.

A summary of the rule will be made available in this week’s issue of UPDATE for Alliance members.

Those interested in submitting comments, which are due by November 16, can be made electronically by clicking here, or by mail at the address below:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and
    Human Services, Attention: CMS-6028-P, P.O. Box 8020, Baltimore, MD

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Boston Globe: Mass. Recasting Health Payments

The Boston Globe reported on the Committee on the Status of Payment Reform Legislation, charged with making a recommendation to the state legislature regarding the formation of Accountable Care Organizations.

The Home Care Alliance sits on the committee chaired by Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby and is representing home care and home health in laying the groundwork for the reform of health payments.

For more info, see the Boston Globe article here or the link to the committee’s work above.

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Cape Cod Times: Taking Steps to Reduce Fall Injuries

The Falls Prevention Coalition hosted the fourth annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the State House on Wednesday, September 22. The Home Care Alliance was recognized as one of the founding members of the coalition and spoke at the event, which also included remarks from the Department of Public Health, State Senator Patricia Jehlen, and Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann Hartstein.

The Cape Cod Times reported on the event that promoted Tai Chi as a means for elders to retain balance and strength and the article is available here.

More from this event will be posted on the HCA Facebook page.

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Sixteen Agencies Accredited

The Alliance established the accreditation program as a means to promote quality services, ethical business standards, and superior employment practices. A list of accredited agencies is available here.

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