Category: Home Health Value-Based Purchasing

2019 Value Based Purchasing Proposed Changes

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: August 27, 2018 5 minutes to read

CMS released the CY2019 Medicare Home Health payment rule July 12, 2018. A large part of the proposed changes are to the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Model. One of the agency’s proposed refinements of VBP is removing five measures while adding two new proposed composite measures.

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2019 Home Health Proposed Payment Rule – PDGM 2020

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: August 8, 2018 9 minutes to read

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) released the CY2019 Medicare Home Health payment rule July 12, 2018. This proposed rule is voluminous and carries an immense number of proposed changes. HPS will continue analyzing and updating the proposed elements of this rule.

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Home Health MedPAC Report to Congress

By Katie Wehri / Posted on: April 13, 2018 6 minutes to read

Each year the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) submits its annual report to Congress which contains information and recommendations related to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) programs. This article details the 2018 annual report recommendations for Home Health.

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CAHPS – Home Health & Hospice

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: March 2, 2018 5 minutes to read

Are you monitoring the agency’s CAHPS results? There are numerous questions on the survey that the patients must complete, but only selected ones go into the outcome measure calculations. Home Health CAHPS results have been reported on the Home Health Compare website for quite some time, while the results for the CAHPS Hospice Survey just began being public reported on Hospice Compare 02/22/18. One of the lowest scoring…

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2018 Home Health Final Rule

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: November 14, 2017 8 minutes to read

The Breaking News that has every one full of excitement and hope is that the 2018 Home Health Final Rule does NOT include finalizing HHGM, at this time, which was set for implementation in 2019! The battle has been won, BUT the war has just begun! Some form of payment reform will occur in home health. It is not…

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2018 Home Health Proposed Payment Rule – Including Intro to HHGM

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: July 31, 2017 13–15 minutes to read

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) released the CY2018 Medicare Home Health payment rule last week. This proposed rule is voluminous and carries an immense number of proposed changes.  HPS will continue analyzing and updating on the proposed elements of this rule.

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HHCAHPS – Improvement in Specific Care Issues

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: May 12, 2017 6 minutes to read

Are you monitoring the agency’s HHCAHPS Star Ratings? There are numerous questions on the survey that the patients must complete, but only selected ones go into the outcome calculation and eventual star rating. The Composite Measure – Specific Care Issues, seems to be one that most agencies struggle with. The specific questions from the survey…

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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with a Disposable Device Billing Specifics (NPWT)

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: April 21, 2017 6 minutes to read

The 2017 Final Home Care Rule included clarification that payment for the NPWT device is when a HHA “furnishes NPWT using a disposable device” to mean when the HHA provider is either initially applying an entirely new disposable NPWT device, or removing a disposable NPWT device and replacing it with an entirely new one.

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Are You Thriving?

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: January 20, 2017 4 minutes to read

The constant additions of new programs and new methods, updates and consideration of changes is almost unbearable for some agencies.  Home Health has been hit really hard since 2008 and no relief seems to be coming.   Value-Based Purchasing, Pre-Claim Review, New CoPs, OASIS-C2, ICD-10 CM and now possibly major changes to the Prospective Payment System in regard to reimbursement.

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Proposed VBP Changes 2017

By Liz Landreth / Posted on: July 20, 2016 10–12 minutes to read

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HHCAHPS – Is There Room for Improvement?

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: April 28, 2016 4 minutes to read

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The Continued Culture Change to Quality

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: April 8, 2016 3 minutes to read

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Culture of Quality

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: March 21, 2016 5 minutes to read

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Can You Afford to Ignore?

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: March 11, 2016 6 minutes to read

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Value Based Purchasing: What We Weren’t Sure of!

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: January 14, 2016 4 minutes to read

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The Nervous Nine Have Been Confirmed!

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: November 2, 2015 5 minutes to read

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The Nervous Nine!

By Melinda Gaboury / Posted on: July 9, 2015 6 minutes to read

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