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Hospice COMPARE Quality Website Launched

Posted by Crystal Parks on Aug 17, 2017 1:19:27 PM

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CMS has launched the anticipated Hospice COMPARE website, aimed to give patients, family members, health care providers and others access to an initial set of seven quality measures for hospice programs across the Nation.  CMS anticipates that Hospice COMPARE will not only help consumers make more informed decisions about where they seek care, but also encourage hospices to improve the quality of care that they provide.

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Topics: Hospice Compare

Home Health Grouper Model Proposed for 2019

Posted by Crystal Parks on Jul 28, 2017 7:41:00 AM

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The CY2018 Medicare Home Health payment rule included the Home Health Grouper Model (HHGM), which CMS proposes to implement in 2019 and would be an overhaul of the Medicare payment system. That will provide significant opportunity to address any concerns with the model and to initiate any necessary business adjustments. The model is proposed with 30-day payment periods, the elimination of the therapy visit volume payment determinant in the current model, and an entirely different case mix model focused on patient characteristics.

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Topics: CMS

Proposed PPS Rule for CY2018

Posted by Crystal Parks on Jul 27, 2017 1:26:14 PM

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) released the CY2018 Medicare Home Health payment rule this week. The home health Market Basket Index inflation update for 2018 is preset at 1% along with the suspension of the annual Productivity Adjustment. While the proposal does not reference the 2% sequestration, it is definitely expected that such will continue in 2018.

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Topics: CMS, HHPPS

New Home Health Conditions of Participation Officially Delayed

Posted by Crystal Parks on Jul 10, 2017 8:35:13 AM

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On July 7th, CMS released the final rule to officially delay the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs). Items that had a July 13, 2017 implementation date are now delayed until January 13, 2018.

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Topics: Conditions of Participation

PPS Payment for Post-Acute Care Recommended by MedPAC

Posted by Crystal Parks on Jun 22, 2017 4:03:02 PM

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June 2017 report urges Congress to act swiftly to revamp the payment system for the post-acute care space by moving away from fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement.

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Topics: pps payment

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