Attention Home Health Agencies: CAHPS Deadline Approaching
HHCAHPS Vendors Must Submit Data Soon.
This Thursday, January 17, 2013, is the deadline for Medicare certified home health agencies (HHAs) that served 59 or fewer unduplicated patients from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012 who met HHCAHPS survey-eligibility criteria to submit an exemption from participating in the HHCAHPS Survey for the calendar year (CY) 2014 annual payment update (APU). Agencies that meet this criteria can fill out the online Participation Exemption Request (PER) form here.
It is recommended that agencies first print a hard copy of this form and conduct the count before entering the patients on the online form.
This Thursday is also the deadline for HHCAPHS vendors to submit data for third quarter 2012 data for CAHPS. If you have not yet submitted your CAHPS data to your CAHPS vendor please do so as soon as possible. In the recent Home Health and Hospice open door forum, providers were reminded that data is posted only after an agency has submitted four full quarters of date. Also, new providers were reminded to authorize a vendor to submit their data, and participating providers were reminded to continuously check to ensure that their vendors are submitting their data timely. Agencies should notify their vendors immediately if they have problems submitting data to ensure that their vendor submits a discrepancy notification form to CMS.