Tag: home health agencies

Telehealth proposal would require patient consent, set visit limits

The new version of the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on April 22, has industry leaders hopeful for action this session, but a change to the law will likely come with conditions. The bill, S.1309, would authorize Medicare reimbursement for home health services provided through telehealth […]

CMS updates agencies on Care Compare, OASIS-E

CMS recently updated home health agencies about changes they can expect this summer on the Care Compare site, along with additional training planned around the OASIS-E delay. The update came during an open door forum call with providers April 13. With the July 2021 refresh, five home health measures will be removed from Care Compare, […]

Carefully log admission source as CMS focuses on hospital errors

CMS recently released an MLN article targeting hospitals and billing for patient care that involves a home health admission. When patients are transferred, a hospital is typically paid at per diem rate. An OIG report last year found improper payments tied to hospital claims that should have been subject to the transfer policy because the […]

Review your demographic data as CMS plans system changes

CMS is transitioning to a new data source for a demographic data for all home health agencies and other post-acute providers. The demographic data include such items as the provider name, provider-mailing address, provider physical address, state and ZIP code, according to a notice on February 10. Demographic data are displayed on the Provider and […]

Ensure patients are up to date on vaccines for influenza, pneumonia

In the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the height of flu season, it is important to ensure patients in home health and hospice care are up to date on their influenza and pneumonia vaccines. A post on a Celerian Group Company (CGS)’s website reminds providers: Home health agencies can provide the influenza […]

Home health agencies must enroll with state Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor to provide home infusion therapy

Beginning Jan. 1, home health agencies that wish to provide and bill Medicare Home Infusion Therapy (HIT) professional services for calendar year 2021, will be required to enroll with the Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor (A/B MAC) in their state. Home health agencies will no longer be able to bill professional HIT services on the […]

New reports show increase in home health referrals during pandemic

New data on home health referrals during the pandemic notes what industry leaders have been saying for months: home health clinicians are on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, treating an increasing number of patients, including those with the coronavirus. A updated CMS Snapshot report on beneficiaries hospitalized with COVID-19 found that 14% of […]

Submit a proposal to speak at DecisionHealth’s home health events

DecisionHealth is doing something monumental in 2021 and combining all the annual home health events into one can’t-miss extravaganza that will deliver fresh valuable content for nearly every title and function in home health agencies. We are recruiting home health professionals to speak at our Home Health World conferences, taking place between Aug. 16-19, 2021, […]

Senators introduce act to improve reimbursement for telehealth

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) recently introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act — a bipartisan bill to provide Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services by home health agencies during the COVID-19 emergency — and future public health emergencies.  “Home health serves a vital role in helping our nation’s seniors […]

CMS clarifies RAP submission billing rules

CMS revised change request (CR) 11855 clarifying rules around the 5-day RAP submission requirement need to prevent payment delays starting in January. The article details how to document situations in which a date could not be entered on line 0023 because the first visit did not occur within the first five days of the period. […]