CMS Issues Manual Instructions for the Home Health NOA

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request (CR) 12256, Replacing Home Health Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) with the Notice of Admission (NOA). The CR updates multiple sections of the Chapter 10 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual to reflect requirements for the Patient Driven Groupings Model such as adding “Notice of Admission” when applicable and replacing the phrase “60 day…

The Home Health Quality Reporting Program Part of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule

Don’t miss the NAHC webinar on the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule! REGISTER NOW! To read the NAHC analysis of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule, GO HERE: CMS FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule Proposes Big Quality Reporting Program Changes Due to the importance of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule and the changes proposed within it, NAHC has scheduled a…

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update

HH CAHPS Survey Exemptions & OASIS Quarterly Q&A HH CAHPS Survey Exemptions It is the responsibility of all Medicare-certified HHAs to participate every month in the Home Health CAHPS Survey to obtain the full Annual Payment Update (APU) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). There are only two scenarios under which a…

Corrected Provider Preview, Star Rating Preview Reports Reposted & NOW AVAILABLE: Updated Quarterly OASIS Q&A

Home Health Agency Provider Preview Reports and the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Preview Reports that were posted previously on June 25, 2020 contained an error. The previous reports contained the HHA observed values instead of the risk adjusted values. The reports have been corrected and are now available. You can find both reports…

Home Health & Hospice Providers: Quality Reporting Resumption and Letters of Noncompliance

NAHC Report wants to remind both hospice and home health providers that quality data reporting  resumed July 1, 2020. For three calendar quarters – October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided an exception for hospice and home health providers from submitting quality data due to…

ALERT: Quality Reporting Resumes July 1, 2020

Both hospice and home health providers will resume quality data reporting July 1, 2020. For three calendar quarters – October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided an exception for hospice and home health providers from submitting quality data due to the current Public Health Emergency…

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…