January Care Compare Refresh and Tip Sheet

The January 2023 quarterly refresh for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program is available on Care Compare. For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) will be based on the standard number of quarters. CMS issued a third HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet to addresses the impact the public health…

NQF Releases its Measures Under Consideration List

  The National Quality Forum (NQF) has issued its review of performance quality measures under consideration for use in federal healthcare programs affecting more than 64 million Americans. The review is part of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership that has been convened annually by NQF since 2011 and is funded by the…

CMS Final CY2023 Home Health Rule: Slightly Modified But Home Health Access Risks Remain

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Rule regarding Medicare home health services payment rates for CY 2023. As usual, the rule also includes a hodgepodge of non-rate related proposals as well. This article provides a summary of the Final Rule. NAHC will be providing more detail over the next week…

Home Health Quality Reporting Program: Non-Compliance Notifications

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing notifications to home health agencies that were determined to be out of compliance with the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) requirements for calendar year (CY) 2021, which will affect their calendar year (CY) 2023 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications will be distributed by…

CMS Open Door Forum Summary: Home Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on September 21, 2022. The summary of the Forum applicable to home health and hospice providers is below. Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) The Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) program is scheduled to begin January…

CMS Provides Quality Reporting and Other Updates in Most Recent Open Door Forum

During the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medicare Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF), the following information and updates were provided. HOME HEALTH Home Health Claims Processing Issues Notice of Admission                            CMS officials reported on  a claims processing issue where the NOA is returning to providers…

CMS Open Door Forum Shares Hospice Star Rating Info & Updates Home Health Notice of Admission

During the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medicare Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF), the following information and updates were provided. Both home health and hospice providers should note that CMS has resumed the provider enrollment revalidation process along with some other provider enrollment processes that…

CMS Open Door Forum: Updates to Home Health Quality Reporting Program & More

On April13, 2021 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held the Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum. The majority of information shared with the participants pertained to hospice providers. However, several issues impacting home health agencies were also discussed. Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) CMS announce that five…

NEW TRAINING EVENT – Section N: Medications – Drug Regimen Review Web-Based Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course that provides an overview of the assessment and coding of the Drug Regimen Review standardized patient assessment data elements (SPADEs) found in the Medications Section of the guidance manuals. This 45-minute course is intended for providers in Home Health Agencies (HHAs),…

CMS Open Door Forum Updates Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on November 4 where CMS reviewed information and resources it has recently released.  A summary is below. HOME HEALTH CMS provided a high level overview of the provisions of the CY2021 Home Health…