Tag: data

8 steps to protect patient data sent to and from business associates

Agencies must comply with HIPAA when passing patient protected health information (PHI) back and forth. follow these eight tips to protect your patients and agency from breaches: Assess how you and your business associates transmit PHI to each other as part of your regular HIPAA risk analysis. If you uncover any vulnerabili­ties, resolve them. Ensure […]

Hospice providers selected for alpha testing of HOPE assessment

CMS announced 20 Medicare-certified hospice providers who have been selected to participate in the alpha testing phase of development for the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment have been selected, according to CMS. The HOPE will provide standardized data as all Medicare-certified hospices will be collecting the same assessment items for all patients. This […]

Corrected provider preview reports and star rating preview reports reposted

There was an error on the home health agency provider preview reports and the quality of patient care star rating preview reports that were posted on June 25, 2020. The previous reports contained the home health agency observed values instead of the risk-adjusted values. The reports have been corrected and are available by selecting “My […]

CMS releases data detailing COVID-19 impact on Medicare beneficiaries

CMS released the first monthly update of data showing the impact on COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries. For the first time, American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries have been included in the data. The data shows that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of COVID-19 related hospitalizations among racial/ethnic groups after Black beneficiaries. Other […]

Nursing home margins at lowest point since 1999

The lowest average margin for freestanding nursing homes in recent years was recorded in 2018, according to a new report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). The total average margin dropped to -0.3% in 2018, which is the first negative overall margin since 1999. Nursing home margins have been on a year-to-year decline, although […]

CMS releases preliminary Medicare COVID-19 snapshot data

CMS released preliminary Medicare COVID-19 snapshot data that focus on Medicare claims. The data show an elevated risk for seniors with underlying health conditions (see related link). Among those hospitalized with COVID-19, “the five most prevalent chronic conditions for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries were: hypertension (79%); hyperlipidemia (60%); chronic kidney disease (50%); anemia (50%) and diabetes (50%),” […]

Focus on emails, digital newsletters for a successful online marketing program

Ask existing and former clients for their email addresses as a way to strengthen your digital marketing efforts and increase your referrals. But that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Agencies need to provide consistent, valuable online content to really make the effort worthwhile, says Connie Parsons, COO with IlluminAge Communication Partners in Seattle. AMR […]

CMS announces access to Medicare data for entrepreneurs and innovators

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces through its acting administrator, Andy Slavitt, a new policy that for the first time will allow innovators and entrepreneurs to access CMS data, such as Medicare claims. As part of the Administration’s commitment to use of data and information to drive transformation of the healthcare delivery system, […]