2017 Home Health Final Rule Published

CMS released the CY2017 Home Health Final Rule on October 31, 2016. The payment rate portion of the rule is consistent with the proposed rule, with only minor modifications, resulting in a slight rate reduction from 2016 rates.
Some important items to note include:
Outlier Calculations
HHAs who have a high volume of outlier visits may see a decrease in their payment amount due to the methodology change for calculation of outlier payments. […]

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HEALTHCAREfirst Releases Home Health White Paper

We are pleased to announce the release of a new white paper that takes a look at the current state of the home health industry and proposes new solutions for success.
The white paper, “The Future of Home Health: A New Approach to Success,” was developed to identify the challenges faced by home health agencies now and in the future, […]

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Free Home Health & Hospice Webinars from HEALTHCAREfirst

Hospice Regulatory Update and Value-Based Purchasing Preparation
HEALTHCAREfirst is offering complimentary webinars in May to provide you with information and guidance regarding a number of home health and hospice topics. Register today!

2017 Hospice Proposed Rule: What it Could Mean to You
May 19, 2016
3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Deanna Loftus, […]

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Value Based Purchasing Information and Important Dates

Home Health Providers Should Be Aware
Value Based Purchasing (VBP) is the new payment model, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, to improve health outcomes and value by tying home health payments to quality performance. As of January 1, 2016, all Medicare-certified home health providers (HHP) that provide services in Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, […]

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Upcoming Webinars for Home Health & Hospice Agencies

Include Home Health Regulatory Update and Hospice CAHPS Sessions.
HEALTHCAREfirst will be hosting a number of home health and hospice webinars this week. These webinars are free of charge, but you must register in advance to attend. Stay tuned for even more webinars in the next couple of months!
Hospice CAHPS Analysis for Performance Improvement
December 8, […]

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Value Based Purchasing Proposed for Home Health

HEALTHCAREfirst to Host Webinar.
CMS issued its annual proposal to adjust home health PPS rates in the Federal Register on July 10, 2015. In addition to revisions to the home health PPS case-mix weights and reductions to the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rate, CMS announced its plans to introduce a Home Health Value-Based Purchasing model (VBPHH). […]

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Free Webinar: 2016 Home Health Proposed Rule Update

Home Health Regulatory Webinar Registration Open Now.
CMS recently released the proposed rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) for 2016. What is on the regulatory horizon for home health and how could it affect your agency?
Please join Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, GMA, former VP of Regulatory Affairs for NAHC, and HEALTHCAREfirst on Thursday, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: CMS Publishes CY 2015 Home Health Proposed Rule

Proposed Rule Changes Published.
On Tuesday July 1st, CMS published the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Home Health Agencies.
HEALTHCAREfirst is currently reviewing the changes and will host a webinar to discuss the changes on July 29th. […]

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