Blog Series: Breaking Down the New Home Health Conditions of Participation

On Friday, July 7, 2017, CMS issued a final rule to change the new Home Health Conditions of Participation effective date from July 13, 2017 to January 13, 2018. Despite this delay, home health agencies should not cease or postpone preparation for the new Home Health CoPs. HEALTHCAREfirst has created a home health conditions of participation blog series to help you navigate through this process.

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2017 Home Health Final Rule Published

CMS released the 2017 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 about the 2017 Home Health Final Rule to note:
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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2014 PPS Final Rule: Home Health Regulatory Review Webinar Recording and Q&A

2014 PPS Final Rule for Home Health.
Many thanks to those who attended Tuesday’s webinar regarding 2014 PPS Final Rule regulatory changes for the home health industry.
Presented by Director of Regulatory Compliance, Deanna Loftus, the webinar reviewed the final rule and what it might mean for home health.  Topics included: review of the 2014 PPS final rule and payment update,

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2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar Handout Available

2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar: Final Rule News
View Today’s 2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar Handout Here
Please join us today for the 2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar detailing the recently released final rule as well as other important upcoming changes for Hospice agencies.
Topics will include:

Final rule including quality reporting, rates, Hospice item set and diagnosis coding clarifications
Proposed Hospice cost report changes
Additional data reporting for Hospice claims
Hospice RAC audits
Widespread Hospice CGS edits
IDC-10 update

This free webinar will be held today,

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