It’s Here! CMS Released the CY 2022 MPFS Final Rule
CY 2022 MPFS Final Rule Date: 11|04|2021   Approx. 5 min. read Author: Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA  Senior Consultant & Manager, Practice Development, HCCI It’s November and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the annual Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule which outlines...
Public Health Emergency (PHE) Extended: Telehealth Waivers Remain in Place
Date: 10|21|2021   Approx. 2 min. read Author: Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA  Senior Consultant & Manager, Practice Development, HCCI On October 15, 2021, Xavier Becerra, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), extending the...
Getting Paid for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines at Home
Date: 09|15|2021   Approx. 2 min. read Author: Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA  Senior Consultant & Manager, Practice Development, HCCI The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 24th further action to expand payment flexibilities for administering COVID-19 vaccines at home. Overall, CMS...
Understanding the Key Impacts of the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (MPFS)
Date: 09|02|2021   Approx. 4 min. read Author: Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA  Senior Consultant & Manager, Practice Development, HCCI The first thing to understand about the MPFS proposed rule is that it’s proposed. None of these policy or payment impacts are final until CMS confirms their final decisions...
Hospital at Home and Palliative Care: How Should They Work Together?
Excerpt from a blog  |  Larry Beresford  | 08-16-2021 Growing interest in the hospital at home concept and other approaches to delivering medical care in seriously ill patients’ homes has raised some important questions for the palliative care field. Starting with: how does palliative care interface or overlap or collaborate with the new home-based medical models? Hospital at home is now being tested by...
CMS Boosts Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently passed a significant policy that helps remove barriers for homebound patients to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Recognizing the challenge of providing vaccines to medically-complex patients in their homes, CMS increased its payments for this service. Medicare will...
Cognitive Assessment and Care Plan Services
Did you know Medicare reimburses for a comprehensive Cognitive Assessment and Care Plan visit for patients who would benefit? A recently published CMS webpage offers additional guidance about the requirements. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule increased the national payment amount for this service to $282 in...
Biden Administration Continues Efforts to Increase Vaccinations By Bolstering Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries
Jun 09, 2021  |  CMS Press Release As part of President Biden’s commitment to increasing access to vaccinations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to...
CMS Updates on Payment Models
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently accepting applications for Cohort 2 of practices and payer partners interested in participating in the Primary Care First model. To be responsive to stakeholder’s needs and allow more practices the opportunity to apply, CMS has extended the...
Implications for Home-Based Care Providers in the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule
On December 1,  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. The MPFS Final Rule includes payment and policy changes that will significantly impact home-based care providers. Decreased Reimbursement for Home and Domiciliary Visits...