Category: Home Health

CMS releases early results of testing in preparation for new IMPACT Act measures

Initial pilot testing results related to the IMPACT Act show a few domains such as pain are straightforward and easy to complete. But other domains such as cognitive status and medication reconciliation will require some edits before they get adopted. A March 29 CMS MLN Connects Call about the IMPACT Act offered providers detailed updates […]

It’s vital to attract millennial job candidates and make doing so a priority

Millennials dominate the U.S. workforce, making them an important group for private duty agencies to cater to through recruitment and retention efforts. In 2015, millennials (those born between 1982 and 2000) overtook Generation X as the largest group in the nation’s workforce, according to the Pew Research Center. At a macroeconomic level, for the home […]

Expert: Failure to change ACA might lead to increased private duty transactions

The recent death of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — the Trump administration’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — may contribute to a second straight year of a significant number of mergers and acquisitions within the private duty industry. The industry saw 49 transactions combined from 2013 through 2015, […]

Emergency preparedness training and testing must be met, says CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a memorandum to the state survey agency directors that says home health providers are expected to meet the requirements of training and testing of the new emergency preparedness regulations (required by part “d” of 81 FR 63860) by the implementation date (November 15, 2017). This […]

2017 Home Health Clinician Productivity Survey

With OASIS-C2 being released this year and the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) beginning soon, how productive are your clinicians right now and how productive are they going to be? Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and find out how your agency compares to competitors in terms of productivity. Find […]

MedPAC advises Congress — yet again — that home health rebasing should occur

Medicare payment rates for home health agencies should be reduced by 5% in 2017, and there should be a two-year rebasing of the payment system beginning in 2019. That’s the recommendation the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) made in its latest annual report to Congress, released March 15. The commission voted 17-0 in favor of […]

Nominee to lead CMS advances out of Senate committee after narrow vote

Seema Verma is a short step from taking the reins at CMS. On March 2, the Senate Finance Committee cast a 13-12 vote to send Verma ahead to a full Senate confirmation. Verma would report to new HHS Secretary Tom Price and oversee the trillion-dollar budget of CMS at a critical juncture, as momentum gains […]

Senators introduce Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 445) that would allow non-physician practitioners to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries. Although physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives are able to perform many other services—including skilled nursing care–for Medicare […]

Home health and hospice tip: Implementing a Code of Conduct

Standards of conduct, which together form a code of conduct, describe the expectations and ethical principles on which the organization operates and on which all members of the organization should base their actions. The code should also describe conduct that embodies these standards. Universal considerations to address in the code include the following: A commitment […]

Consider getting your agency accredited to increase credibility, improve quality

A New Jersey law that became effective last year requires all home care agencies to obtain accreditation from an approved accrediting body within 12 months of initial licensing or renewal. For agencies, this is a condition of being licensed. Government-mandated accreditation of private duty agencies is likely to spread as more states adopt regulations for […]