CMMI Releases 5th Annual Home Health VBP Report

The Center for Medicare  and Medicaid Innovations (CMMI) has released the fifth Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model annual report. The report shows  that total performance scores were 7% higher among agencies in HHVBP states than agencies in non-HHVBP states in 2020, a decrease in unplanned hospitalizations, ED visits leading to inpatient admission, and skilled…

Home Health Value Based Purchasing Updates

This Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) update is intended to provide home health agencies (HHAs) with the latest information about the expanded HHVBP Model as well as important tools, news, and timely insights from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the HHVBP Model Technical Assistance (TA) Team. How are Baseline Years used…

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…

Third Annual HHVBP Report Released

The Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) report focuses on the experience of home health patients and agencies through 2018, the third performance year of the HHVBP Model, and the first year that agencies in the HHVBP states received a payment adjustment.  The primary goals of the evaluation are to understand how the shift in…

CMMI Releases Second Annual Report on Home Health Value Based Purchasing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations (CMMI) has issued the second annual report on the Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) program. The report reflects the performance of participating agencies and non- participating agencies (as a comparison group) for calendar years 2016 and 2017. The total points scores (TPS) for agencies in HHVBP states…

MedPAC Examines Post-Acute Payment Systems

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC or the Commission) examined post-acute payment systems in an October 5, 2018 a session entitled, Episode-based payments and outcome measures under a unified payment system for post-acute care. Currently, many similar patients are treated in four settings— home health agencies (HHAs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), and…

CMS Proposes Changes to HHVBP Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed home health rule on Monday, July 2, 2018. The rule contains payment rate updates for home health agencies for calendar year (CY) 2019 and a proposal for a revised payment model, Patient Directed Grouping Model, effective in CY 2020. In addition to payment updates,…