Salo Solutions, Inc.(Salo), a Columbus-based, healthcare-focused IT consultancy and systems integrator, today announced their purchase of Delta Health Technologies (Delta), an Altoona-based leading software provider for home health, hospice and private duty agencies. This acquisition will unite Delta’s software expertise with Salo’s business intelligence capabilities to provide business-driven solutions for care-at-home organizations.
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.
Topics: Hospice Compare
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.
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.