As anticipated, today CMS launched Hospice Compare, a website that reports information on hospices that enables patients, family members, and health care providers to learn more about the quality of care each hospice provides. Utilizing CMS’ official Hospice Compare datasets, Hospices can be evaluated based on quality indicators such as the percentage of patients checked for pain or percentage of patients asked about preferences for life-sustaining treatment. […]Continue Reading
Data is emerging as a critical component of operational success across a wide range of industries, and home health care isn’t exempt from this movement. A CIO magazine report said that the health care industry as a whole is in the middle of a movement to embrace the prospect of gleaning new insights from the large quantities of data being created within EHR systems and from other sources. […]Continue Reading
On August 1, 2017, CMS published the FY2018 Hospice Final Rule. In the final rule, Medicare hospice payments, adjusted for inflation and other factors, will increase an estimated 1% or an estimated $180 million in 2018. This is in comparison to the 2017 final rule, which included a 2.1% increase, or $350 million, in payments.
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As expected, […]Continue Reading
On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, CMS issued the CY2018 Home Health Proposed Rule. Effective for home health episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2018, the rule updates the Home Health Prospective Payment Systems (HH PPS) payment rates including the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates, and the non-routine medical supply (NRS) conversion factor. […]Continue Reading
Widespread EHR use in the health care sector comes with new challenges in terms of data entry and management. As EHR technologies and processes have evolved, many organizations have run into a situation where varied policies and procedures surrounding data entry has led to major quality issues. Poor data quality undermines an agency’s ability to use data to support patient care, […]Continue Reading
With increased competition and the transition to value-based care, home health agencies have an even greater incentive for home health quality performance improvement, as well as an opportunity to stand out from the competition.
How does your home health agency compare to national averages?
Download our home health quality worksheet to compare your performance against the most recent quality data found on Home Health Compare to identify where you are succeeding and where you might need to improve. […]
Home health claim denials can cause a number of problems for agencies of any size, with cash flow being the biggest concern. Home health agencies should have plans in place to avoid denials, as well as plans on how to handle them when they occur. By having advance knowledge of the potential red flags that may come up at your agency, […]Continue Reading
Home health care agencies are in a rare position to drive care innovation through emerging technologies that solve many longstanding process gaps in the industry. The days of needing to handle paper forms out in the field, get them back to the office, and manually distribute them out to stakeholders are disappearing as mobile EHR tools provide easy data access across operational boundaries. […]Continue Reading
Home health regulatory requirements create a variety of documentation and management challenges that home health agencies must be prepared to address. In particular, emerging regulatory changes surrounding Medicare home health fraud are pressuring agencies to keep an especially close watch over every facet of operations.
According to a CMS Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) report released last year, […]
It’s important to know what is going on at your home health agency at all times, especially when it comes to the business and finance issues. Home Health billing errors can cost your agency a significant amount in penalties and fees. Luckily, we’ve outlined several ways for you to stay on top of those errors and avoid problems. […]Continue Reading