HEALTHCAREfirst Home Health Software Users Can Utilize HHCAHPS Data Export.

Agencies using HEALTHCAREfirst can use the HHCAHPS data export feature and reporting tools to generate and review submission files.  HEALTHCAREfirst’s approved vendor list can be accessed here.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin publicly reporting results from the Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) Survey on or after April 19, 2012. Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) will be able to “preview” their results via a Preview Report, which will be posted on the HHCAHPS Web site on April 3, 2012.

Click here to see some questions and answers about the Preview Reports. More information about the results that will be publicly reported will be posted on the HHCAHPS Web site on April 3, 2012.

MLN Matters article reminds all HHAs of the requirement to participate in the Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) survey for patients served in April 2012 and after to be eligible for the full market basket payment increase for calendar year (CY) 2014.

Key Points

  • For the CY 2014 annual payment update, your agency needs to start HHCAHPS in May 2012. This can be accomplished by providing a sample file of HHCAHPS-eligible patients who received services in your agency in April 2012.
  • HHAs that fail to start HHCAHPS will have their CY 2014 payments reduced by 2 percent.