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Category: Home Health Value-Based Purchasing

COVID-19: Interim Final Rule & What It Means for Home Health

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: May 14, 2020

There have been two Interim Final Rules, the most recent on May 1, that have been issued by CMS during this historic pandemic of the century. This Public Health Emergency (PHE) has taken the full focus of national officials and in the process, there have been sweeping concessions for healthcare, some permanent and others temporary.

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COVID-19: Imperative Home Health and Hospice Updates

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 1, 2020

This article was last updated on May 7, 2020.

As we are facing the pandemic of the century, home health and hospices are on the frontline of this Public Health Emergency (PHE) along with hospitals, physicians and all other healthcare workers. We at Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. would like to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for your true dedication to treating patients and helping the world to be a healthier place. HPS is dedicated to providing the Home Health and Hospice industries with the education and resources necessary to keep you performing at the highest level of success.

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2019 Value Based Purchasing Proposed Changes (UPDATED)

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: August 27, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) finalized all of the proposed changes to the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Model for implementation January 1, 2019. One of the refinements of VBP removed five measures, while adding two new composite measures.

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2019 Home Health Proposed Payment Rule – PDGM 2020

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: August 8, 2018

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

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 A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: March 2, 2018

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 A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: November 14, 2017

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 A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: July 31, 2017

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 A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: May 12, 2017

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 A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 21, 2017

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 A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: January 20, 2017

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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HHCAHPS – Is There Room for Improvement?

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 28, 2016

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The Continued Culture Change to Quality

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 8, 2016

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Culture of Quality

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: March 21, 2016

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Can You Afford to Ignore?

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: March 11, 2016

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

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: January 14, 2016

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The Nervous Nine Have Been Confirmed!

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: November 2, 2015

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The Nervous Nine!

By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: July 9, 2015

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