CMS Announces Quality Reporting Program Relief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new quality reporting program relief for providers, including data submission relief for both home health and hospice providers. For both home health and hospice there are some data that do not need to be submitted, as follows: Deadlines for October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (Q4)…

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…

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…

CMS Announces TEP for Functional Outcome Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for a technical expert panel (TEP) to develop functional outcome quality measures for the home health setting. The TEP nomination period closes on January 17, 2020. Project Overview: CMS has contracted with Abt Associates to develop functional outcome quality measures for the home health setting.…

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Updates

OASIS Considerations for Medicare PDGM Patients The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted resource, OASIS Considerations for Medicare PDGM Patients, to assist agencies with OASIS considerations during the PPS-to-Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) transition. This document provides guidance to providers on how to correctly complete the M0090 Date Assessment Completed for patients starts…

Home Health Quality Reporting Update and Quarterly OASIS Q&As

NAHC would like to make home health providers aware of the following relative to the OASIS Q&As and quality reporting: OASIS Q&As The updated quarterly OASIS Q&As are available here. QUALITY REPORTING NON-COMPLIANCE NOTIFICATION AND RECONSIDERATIONS Providers not meeting the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP) requirements impacting their CY 2020 Annual Payment Update…

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…