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CMS Issues Additional Data Reporting Requirements
In line with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ongoing efforts to collect more comprehensive data from hospice providers, CMS recently issued Change Request (CR) 6791 requiring hospices to associate hospice visits to the level of care on claim forms. Effective April 29, 2010, hospices must report a separate line item for the level of care each time the level of care changes in order to associate the visits reported with the level of care being billed.

Recovery Audit Contractors: New Insights From the Government and Steps to Being Prepared
It’s undeniable—the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) bounty hunters (aka Recovery Audit Contractors, or RACs) are coming, and they are ready, willing, and able to ferret out potential overpayments (and underpayments). But what about potential fraud?

Essential Employment Policy Updates for 2010

Employment laws are constantly evolving, and several important laws were enacted or revised in 2009. Employers should be sure to update their policies and procedures to comply with current laws. Specifically, a revised Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and the potential passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) present potential problems for unprepared companies.

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