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Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Impact On Your Agency

Posted by Crystal Parks on Jan 4, 2017 7:00:00 PM

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Home health agencies in nine states are participating in the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model Pilot Program. This demonstration links Medicare reimbursement to quality scores, putting agencies under more pressure to increase performance.   

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Topics: value based purchasing

First Year of Hospice Data Released

Posted by Crystal Parks on Dec 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Data collected by Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System Survey (CAHPS) between July 2015 - July 2016 was recently released. This marks the first publication of national hospice data.  

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Topics: Hospice, Hospice Item Set, Hospice CAHPS

Pre-Claim Review Expands to Florida

Posted by Crystal Parks on Dec 21, 2016 10:44:11 AM

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CMS announced this week that its pre-claim review demonstration program will expand into Florida for episodes of care beginning on or after April 1, 2017. CMS did not announce start dates for the remaining three states (TX, MA, and MI) slated for pre-claim review expansion.

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Topics: Pre-Claim Review

MedPAC To Propose More Cutback for Home Health

Posted by Crystal Parks on Dec 15, 2016 5:34:18 PM

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On December 8th, MedPAC convened for a public meeting regarding payment adequacy and updates for home health care services. For the past several years, MedPAC has recommended deep rate cuts for home health services along with a series of policy changes ranging from the institution of copayments to program integrity measures. The 2017 report to Congress looks like a rerun of many of the past recommendations that have not been adopted by Congress.

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Topics: home health payments, MedPAC

CY2017 Home Health PPS Final Rule Summary

Posted by Crystal Parks on Nov 4, 2016 9:41:24 AM

2017 hh pps final rule summary

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Home Health PPS Final Rule on November 3, 2016. The Final Rule defines many changes in effect January 1, 2017.  These changes include payment rates, HHRG Case Mix Weight recalibration, updates to the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing pilot program, and implements the coverage for Negative Pressure Wound Treatment using disposable systems. 

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Topics: CMS, HHPPS