Many patients who take advantage of hospice services may rely on Medicare to cover their expenses, so as a provider, ensuring you maintain your Medicare certification is essential. However, if you’re not familiar with the hospice recertification process, there are some core facts you should know about and some frequent mistakes to avoid.
Terminally Ill Patients Require Certification
Certification is required to continue or begin receiving Medicare hospice benefits when a patient is terminally ill. In order to meet this requirement, a patient must receive a prognosis stating that the relevant medical professional believes the patient will not live longer than six months, based on typical outcomes for their illness.
Avoid Frequent Procedural Errors
Unfortunately, many hospices run into a number of procedural errors while submitting their documents. Mistakes to look out for include, but are not limited to:
- Forgetting to add the date next to the physician’s signature
- Leaving out physician narratives or supporting statements
- Providing illegible signatures
Medicare cannot provide payment without proper documentation in place, so double-check everything before making final submissions.
Because hospice patients frequently rely on Medicare benefits to cover needed services, maintaining your hospice’s Medicare certification should be at the top of your to-do list. By avoiding common mistakes and understanding the hospice recertification process, you can make sure your clients continue to afford their services.