Home Health CoPs Resource Hub

The new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) are here! In order to be successful, home health agencies should be prepared. You should identify elements of the revised Home Health CoPs that will require action by your home health agency. You may need to address job descriptions, qualifications, and duties, as well as create or amend policies,

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Home Health Final Rule Released for 2018

On November 1, 2017, CMS released the 2018 Home Health Final Rule. To the delight of home health agencies, the rule was finalized without the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), which was proposed for roll-out in 2019.
CMS stated, “We are not finalizing the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) in this final rule.

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FY 2018 Hospice Final Rule Published

On August 1, 2017, CMS published the FY 2018 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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Medicare Home Health Fraud: Enough Mistakes Can Add Up

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,

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The Future of Home Health: A New Approach to Success

OVERVIEW
Corresponding to an aging population and an increase in the incidence of chronic health conditions, more than 3.4 million people currently receive Medicare skilled home health care services. With home health care service utilization on the rise, Medicare home health care spending has nearly doubled from 9.7 billion in 2001 to 18.3 billion in 2012.1 Additionally,

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CMS Releases FY2018 Hospice Proposed Rule

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the FY2018 Hospice Proposed Rule. The rule proposes that the overall payments for Hospice providers increase by 1% ($180 Million).
Additionally, the Hospice cap amount for the 2018 cap year would be $28,689.04. In addition to the cap and payment updates, the rule solicits comments regarding the source(s) of clinical information for certifying terminal illness and proposes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program,

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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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