Category: Home Health

Requirement to use SSN-free Medicare numbers approaches, know what to do if numbers change

Agencies will soon be required to submit all claims using new Medicare beneficiary identifiers (MBIs), but agencies should be prepared for times when those MBIs change. Medicare beneficiaries or their authorized representative can request to change the MBI if needed, as can CMS, according to a release from Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS. This could happen if the […]

Home care will add more new jobs, supply of workers insufficient for demand

The home care workforce is expected to add more than one million additional jobs between 2018 and 2028, with the most growth among personal care aides. Evidence based on job vacancies, turnover and unmet need suggests that the supply of workers is increasingly insufficient to meet demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment projections […]

Quarterly OASIS Q&As offer additional guidance on responding to GG items

CMS in its latest quarterly OASIS Q&As provided agencies with additional guidance about how to respond to GG items capturing information on prior device use, self-care and mobility. Questions 28 through 36 of the October 2019 Q&As deal with these items, which were added to the OASIS this year. In Question 35, one agency asked […]

CMS clarifies types of providers impacted by provisional period of enhanced oversight

CMS has re-released an MLN Matter article to confirm the decision to suppress payments associated with requests for anticipated payment (RAPs) for new agencies also impacts existing agencies that have undergone a change of ownership. MLN Matters article SE19005 was originally released Feb. 15 and provided information about CMS’ placement of new agencies into a […]

The number of 5-star agencies in quality of care dipped slightly in October 2019

The number of agencies achieving five stars in the quality of care ratings dropped slightly in the October 2019 refresh of Home Health Compare. While this isn’t the first time it’s happened, typically the number increases quarter over quarter. CMS data show 641 agencies nationwide earned five stars in the ratings system involving quality of care, […]

CMS to hold home health, hospice open door forum

CMS will hold its next home health, hospice and durable medical equipment open door forum at 2 p.m. EST on Nov. 6. Topics will include the home health payment rule and the review choice demonstration as well as a home health billing update related to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). View the agenda at

House passes hospice education and training act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) on Oct. 28. The bill has since been received by the Senate and referred to the committee on health, education, labor and pensions. Designed to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, the bill would create fellowships […]