July 2020 Refresh of Home Health Compare Will Not Occur

Effective January 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  is processing all Home Health OASIS submissions and all reporting requirements through iQIES. Due to unforeseen circumstances, CMS has determined that there will not be a refresh for the Compare site in July 2020. Thus, CMS will not release the Home Health Provider…

Update on Required Patient Assessment Information for Home Health Claims

A new Medicare Learning Networks article, posted on March 10, reminds home health agency providers (HHAs) what steps need to be taken to ensure claims match the corresponding OASIS assessment, so the claims may be processed and paid. At the beginning of 2020, home health agencies were experiencing issues with the iQIES (Internet Quality Improvement…

CMS Issues Urgent Request for Home Health Agencies to Register in Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a special edition MLN Matters® article to remind home health agencies (HHAs) on the necessity to onboard to the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) by establishing a Healthcare Quality Information System Access, Roles, and Profile System (HARP) account and selecting an iQIES role.…

Action needed: Register for an iQIES Account

The Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES), which providers and vendors use to submit assessment data, is being upgraded to make the system more reliable, scalable, secure, and accessible.  The enhancements will occur in phases (by provider type) and began with Long- Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) in March 2019, followed by Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs)…

Home Health Quality Reporting Update: HH QRP User’s Manual and iQIES Registration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first version of the of the HH QRP Measures Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual. This manual presents the methods used to calculate the quality measures (QMs) that are included in the HH QRP and reported on the Home Health Compare website.   It comprises detailed…