Last Modified: 7/11/2019
Location: FL, PR, USVI
Business: Part A
Q: How do I bill my claims when a patient revokes or elects hospice coverage during his/her inpatient stay?
A: Electing or revoking the Medicare hospice benefit is the beneficiary’s choice. The patient or his/her representative may elect or revoke Medicare hospice care at any time in writing. The hospice cannot revoke the beneficiary’s election, nor request or demand that the patient revoke his/her election. If the patient revokes his/her hospice election, Medicare coverage of all benefits waived when hospice care was initially elected resumes under the traditional Medicare program. The information below provides a general guidance on how to submit claims.
When a beneficiary elects hospice during an inpatient stay:
• Bill traditional Medicare for period before hospice election
• Patient status code is 51 (discharge to hospice medical facility)
• Discharge date is the effective date of hospice election
• Bill hospice for period of care after hospice election
When a patient revokes hospice during an inpatient stay:
• Bill hospice for period up to hospice revocation
• Bill traditional Medicare for period after hospice revocation
• Admission date is same as the hospice revocation date
• Statement from date is the same as the hospice revocation date
for additional information on claims rejecting with reason code C7010.
Source(s): CMS internet-only manuals (IOM), publication 100-02, Chapter 9
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