Tag: home health

Improving interoperability a goal for one-third of home health agencies, research shows

With the advancement of technology in the digital era, many providers want more access to electronic referrals. Many home health agencies plan to focus on closing the gap between what referring providers want and what agencies provide in terms of interoperability, according to the results of a survey from Brightree. Home health agencies’ interoperability proposals […]

CMS to hold HHCAHPS vendor training

CMS will hold its next HHCAHPS vendor update webinar training session from noon to 2 p.m. EST Feb. 1. Online registration will be available in early December. Separately, the HHCAHPS Survey Vendor Participation Form is now available on the HHCAHPS website. Visit https://homehealthcahps.org/ for updates and details.

LUPAs remain a complicated area under PDGM

Source: Home Health Line Despite the fact that payment episodes under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will last 30 days instead of 60, LUPAs still will occur under the new payment model CMS is creating beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020. Unlike with the PPS, where a LUPA involves four or fewer visits during […]

CMS extends moratoria on new home health agencies in 6 metro areas

Brought to you by Home Health Line. CMS has once again extended its moratoria on new home health agencies and new branches of existing home health agencies by six months in six metropolitan areas. The moratoria — which covers the metropolitan areas of Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Chicago — was extended because […]

Scrutinizing Medicare coverage for physical, occupational and speech therapy

This article has been republished with permission from the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News. For years, confusion has surrounded the conditions under which older adults can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy covered by Medicare. Services have been terminated for some seniors, such as those with severe cases of multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, […]

CMS announces disaster exceptions/exemptions for providers affected by California wildfires

CMS is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospices. These healthcare providers and suppliers will be granted exceptions without having to submit a request if they are located in Santa Barbara county or Ventura county. The scope and duration of the exception […]

How to help Alzheimer’s patients enjoy life, not just ‘fade away’

This article has been republished with permission from the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News. Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable […]

Home health quality reporting program final rule published

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Final Rule: CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements Final Rule View the Home Health Quality Initiative webpage for more […]

Nominations for the Platinum Awards now open

Submit your entry to the 9th Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards. The Platinum Awards sets the standard for recognizing professionals and organizations who demonstrate success in the overarching healthcare continuum. Like no other awards program in the industry, the Platinum Awards brings professionals and organizations together to highlight their work, be publicly recognized, celebrate successes and […]

Tip: Follow policy on staff discipline and discharge

The agency’s policies and procedures will include a discipline and discharge policy. It is important for the administrator/HR professional to follow the policy as written. Discipline is an important tool for managing agency personnel. Discipline can address poorly performing employees, resulting in improved performance, which benefits the employee and the agency. Following the discipline and […]