Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its draft of the revised Hospice Cost & Data Report, which represents a significant expansion of the financial and statistical information to be reported. During the NAHC/HHFMA conference call on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the question was raised regarding any impact this may have on home health agency (HHA) – based hospices.
While CMS has not released draft changes for home health agency-based hospices, the Home Health Agency Cost Report is expected to include substantial expansion of the Worksheet K Series where hospice costs and statistics are reported.
The flow of the revised Hospice Cost & Data Report would easily facilitate all hospice costs to be reported on Worksheet A of the Home Health Agency Cost Report with such information expanded upon in the K Series, as is presently the case.
HHAs operating hospice providers, which are currently reported on the Home Health Agency Cost Report, should prepare for the same expansion of cost and statistical information as is planned for freestanding hospices.