CMS Open Door Forum Discusses PDGM, Authority to Sanction Providers, and more

The Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum held by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 18 covered a variety of issues pertaining to the home health and hospice industry, but what follows are the key issues that were presented related to home health. An article covering hospice…

NAHC Calls for Important Changes to 2020 Home Health Proposed Rule

Important insights on how CMS should alter the rule to enhance access to home health The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments on the 2020 home health prospective payment system rate update proposed rule. The proposed rule was issued on July 11, and includes a number of provisions, most notably, the…

Summary of CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health and Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on August 15, 2019.  Below is a summary of the information shared for home health and hospice providers. HOME HEALTH CY2020 PROPOSED RULE CMS reviewed the key provisions of the CY 2020 proposed…

CMS Proposes Changes to Home Health Quality Reporting Program

In the 2020 home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) rate update proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes a number changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) for calendar year (CY) 2022. CMS proposes to eliminate one measure and add two new measures. In addition, in accord with the…

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update Updated OASIS-D Q&A Document An updated question and answer (Q&A) document containing responses to questions from CMS OASIS-D trainings is now available.  The Q&A document was originally posted on December 4, 2018 but did not contain answers to questions that required additional research.  Those answers have now been updated. …

CMS Updates Providers on PDGM and Quality Reporting Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum yesterday where CMS representatives provided information on the new Home Health Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM), the home health quality reporting program and the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.  A summary of the information shared is below. Home…

Home Health & Hospice Quality MATTERS: Forthcoming 2-Day Home Health QRP Training and Hospice Quality Reporting Reminders

HOME HEALTH Home Health QRP Provider In-Person Training Event March 5 and 6, 2019 — REGISTRATION OPEN:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a 2-day Home Heath (HH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) in-person ‘Train the Trainer’ event for providers on March 5 and 6, 2019, at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20…

Quality Measures Under Consideration

As reported in NAHC Report  on November 30, 2018 and December 10, 2018, the list of quality Measures Under Consideration (MUC) for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) were  released and NAHC submitted comments concerning the two home health measures and one hospice measure.  On December…

CMS Releases List of Potential Future Quality Measures

Today Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the 2018 list of Measures Under Consideration for future use in the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP).  The list is released annually, and there is an opportunity for stakeholder comment.  In fact, comments are due next week…

CMS to Host Q&A on OASIS-D Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a teleconference to address questions from providers related to changes in items collected via the Outcome and Information Assessment Set (OASIS)-D in support of the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP). Questions were solicited from providers during webinars in August and September and a Train-the-Trainer…