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 iQIES Log to Assist Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) issues log to assist providers and other stakeholders in knowing what processing issues exist and the status of resolution. CMS agreed to develop the log at the request of stakeholders when providers began experiencing multiple problems with OASIS submission…

Open Door Forum Summary: Updates on iQIES Transition Update and Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on January 8, 2020.  A summary is provided below, beginning with home health and followed by hospice. HOME HEALTH iQIES Transition CMS indicated in the ODF that it is aware of several issues with the iQIES…

Avoid Payment Delays, Register for iQIES Now!

Why register in the upgraded internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) by December 23? Claims that cannot be matched to assessments will be returned to you, preventing Medicare payment. ( See NAHC Report https://report.nahc.org/action-needed-register-for-an-iqies-account/ ; https://report.nahc.org/reminder-time-is-running-out-to-access-iqies/ ) Beginning January 1, 2020, you must use iQIES to submit patient assessments and view associated reports. You…

REMINDER: Time is Running Out to Access iQIES

Home health agencies (HHAs) are reminded to obtain access to the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) by December 23. Failure to so will prevent submission of Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data, impacting the agency’s ability to comply with quality reporting requirements and the need for claims matching after January 1, 2020. Claims…

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.…

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…