CMS has announced that its next Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum will be held this Wednesday, August 20. Key issues, including the revised hospice cost report for freestanding agencies, will be addressed. The link attached to the announcement appears to be the second version of the cost report that was issued November 22, 2013. It is not yet known whether these will be the actual, final cost report forms and instructions for freestanding agencies that CMS has indicated will be required for cost reporting years beginning October 1, 2014, and afterward, or if CMS will release another version that includes additional changes that were recommended during December 2013. NAHC points out that the cost report changes on the agenda, and the forms and instructions appear to be the versions that were released in November 2013.
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