Clinician Implications of the New Wage Index

2016 Wage Index Changes and Impact

Payment-related changes associated with the FY 2016 Hospice Wage Index are having a direct (and challenging) impact on the day-to-day clinical practice of hospice team members. To assure compliance, clinicians must understand the correlation between clinical practice, documentation, and SIA payments. This webinar explores the direct impact to clinicians and offers practical strategies to assure compliance and SIA payment.

After this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify and implement strategies to ensure all patient diagnoses are captured on billing claims
  • Describe the service intensity add-on (SIA) payment structure and conditions of payment
  • Explain the correlation between updated comprehensive assessments, the Plan of Care, and visit frequencies at the end of life
  • Carrie Cooley, RN, MSN

    Chief Operating Officer, Weatherbee Resources, Inc.


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