Category: Home Health

Agencies have another chance to recommend CMS make changes to reduce burden

Agencies seeking for burden reductions in the home health or hospice industries should submit comments on CMS’ new request for information (RFI) as part of the patients over paperwork initiative. CMS posted the RFI on June 11, and agencies have 60 days from then to comment. “CMS is committed to transforming the health care delivery […]

CMS to hold webinar on APU/market basket increases

CMS announced it will hold a webinar 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST June 19 for home health agencies on “Achieving a Full Annual Payment Update (APU)/Market Basket Increase.” During the webinar, CMS plans to discuss: The relationship between the APU and quality reporting Data submission requirements. The reconsideration process for providers identified as noncompliant. […]

Palmetto GBA posts info for next two RCD teleconferences

Agencies in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida or Texas can get updates from Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Palmetto GBA about the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) by listening to Palmetto’s teleconferences in July and August. The July event will be held 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST July 3. Call (877) 789-3907 and use conference ID […]

Turnover rate for private duty caregivers rises significantly from prior years

The national turnover rate for private duty caregivers in 2018 ballooned to 81.6% — by far the highest turnover rate in the 10 years Home Care Pulse of Rexburg, Idaho, has tracked this data. That’s according to the recently released 2019 Home Care Benchmarking Study, which includes responses from 688 providers representing more than 1,100 […]

Study highlights possible negative affect of immigrant policy on elder care

A recent study in Health Affairs found that policies that curtail immigration are likely to compromise the availability of care. Moreover, the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies that restrict immigration threaten the health and well-being of immigrants who are entrusted with the care of the nation’s elderly and disabled people. According to the study: Nearly one […]

Profile of Older Americans released

Profile of Older Americans, published by the Administration for Community Living, is available with data from 2018. The profile includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving, and new this year: emergency and disaster preparedness. Some interesting take-aways from this publication: Over the past 10 years, the population age 65 […]

Readmissions quality measure now ready for prime time — data coming this fall

Beginning in October 2019, CMS will publicly display results involving a quality measure called “Potentially preventable 30-day post-discharge readmissions.” CMS previously planned to post data involving the measure in January 2019, but the measure wasn’t quite ready for prime time. During CMS’ home health, hospice and durable medical equipment open door forum Feb. 13, a […]

Reports: Comcast is creating an in-home device to monitor health

According to CNBC, telecommunications company Comcast is working to create in-home devices that will monitor health. Comcast plans to pilot test the devices in 2019. “The device will monitor people’s basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with a focus on whether someone is making frequent trips to the bathroom or spending more time than usual in […]

Use education about CCM codes to get in the door with referral sources

Educate doctors about revenue opportunities involving CCM to get your foot in the door with potential referral sources. But note that one CCM vendor recently got in trouble for providing services improperly. William Henry, the former owner and CEO of a Hartselle, Ala. company that provided chronic care management (CCM) services has been sentenced to […]