Fazzi Associates, in collaboration with our National Steering Committee, is pleased to bring you the results of our latest best practice study for home care and hospice. Derived from in depth interviews with 751 agency leaders representing every sector of our industry, this national study is the fourth of its kind and the most comprehensive in the history of home care and hospice.
The intention of the study is to provide information and insight to help all agencies improve quality, profitability, efficiency and patient satisfaction. That’s why we undertake and fund this project and that’s why we offer its findings for free.
The 49-page report covers more than 30 topics of interest to home health and hospice agency leaders, from use of telehealth and outsourced services to productivity, clinical team structure, employee engagement and much more. Many of the findings clearly provide agency leaders with insights that may be of help to their agency. Issues addressed include:
- Clinical models that most impact quality and financial outcomes.
- Role of accreditation on outcomes.
- Staffing ratios and their impact on quality and financial outcomes.
- Difference in outcomes by size or auspices or location.
- Difference in outcomes based on payment models.
- Impact and growth in outsourced coding and their implications.
- Role of productivity on outcomes.
- Biggest concerns by agencies.
- Role of telehealth and other technologies on outcomes.
- Impact of employee engagement surveys on employee retention.
Continue reading “The 2016-2017 National State of the Industry Report”
CMS paused Pre-Claim Review in Illinois, postponed indefinitely its start in Florida and the other states and issued a proposed rule that will change the new CoP rule effective date to January 13, 2018. The industry is abuzz with questions and Fazzi has the answers.
- Get the latest facts on Pre-Claim Review and the new CoP rule effective date, and
- Learn what you should be doing now, regardless of these changes.
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As you’ve probably heard, CMS paused Pre-Claim Review in Illinois, postponed indefinitely its start in Florida and the other states and issued a proposed rule that will change the new CoP rule effective date to January 13, 2018. The industry is abuzz with questions and Fazzi has the answers.
Join Gina Mazza, Partner and Director of Regulatory and Compliance Services, for a brief complimentary executive update webinar. In this webinar you will get the latest facts on Pre-Claim Review and the new CoP rule effective date, and learn what you should be doing now, regardless of these changes.
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On April 1, 2017, the Hospice Item Set (HIS) underwent several revisions. This includes two new quality measures that will now be publicly reported on starting summer 2017:
- Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent Measure Pair
- Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure
Additionally, a new HIS-discharge section O – Service Utilization has 4 new HIS Items you need to know about:
- O5000 Level of care in final 3 days
- O5010 Number of hospice visits in final 3 days
- O5020 Level of care in final 7 days
- O5030 Number of hospice visits in 3-6 days prior to death
We’re pleased to announce our updated Hospice Item Set course in the Fazzi Learning Center. This is a comprehensive HIS training that includes the April 1st updates and more. Use it to update current staff on the changes, as well as to train new staff on all of the HIS requirements. Don’t risk impacting your Hospice Compare scores. Purchase this complete training session today.
We keep all of the Fazzi Learning Center online trainings current and up to date with new rules and regulations, so that you don’t have to worry about updating your training material.
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Ready to read, digest and determine how your agency will comply with the final 374-page rule updating the Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare and Medicaid (CoP) for the first time in 20 years? By July 13th?
Fazzi will help you get there! Register today for Fazzi’s Conditions of Participation Readiness Webinar Series that will take you beyond the basics of the rule and help you prepare you for the three most expanded components of the new CoPs:
- Care Planning and Coordination
- Patients Rights
CoP Readiness Webinar – Your QAPI Program; Right for Your Agency!
Wednesday, March 8th; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The 2017 Conditions of Participation (CoP) now include multiple requirements for an agency-wide QAPI Program. Your QAPI program must be individualized to your agency, data driven and designed to improve patient outcomes. Join us for a focused review on what you need to know now and how to be ready before July 2017! This presentation is designed to share with staff and leadership to help ensure you have met the requirement to educate all skilled professionals on QAPI.
Contact Hour: 1.0, Presented by Gina Mazza, Partner, Director of Regulatory and Compliance Services Continue reading “Fazzi’s Home Health Conditions of Participation “Beyond the Basics” Readiness Webinar Series”
OASIS-C2 Q&A Released.
Did you know CMS has released a compilation of all the OASIS Q&A that apply to OASIS-C2? The last time this type of merging of guidance occurred was in April 2015, and six additional quarterly Q&A guidance documents were released after that time. Now you can look at the October 2016 collection of Q&A’s whenever you need guidance and will no longer need to search through seven different documents. Click here to download the compilation file. When you use the drop-down box you’ll be able to save the PDF files for the four categories: Category 1-Applicability, Category 2-Comprehensive Assessments, Category 3-Follow-up Assessments, and Category 4-OASIS Data Set-Forms and Items. Monitor this page for the quarterly Q&A releases in January, April, July, and October every year.
New Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare and Medicaid (CoP) Finalized!
The HHCoPs have been revised and are effective on July 13, 2017. Ready to review and determine how your agency will comply with the final rule updating the Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare and Medicaid (CoP)? Gina Mazza provided this executive overview of the key components to the new CoPs earlier this month. Click here to view the webinar recording. Continue reading “Compliance Newsletter”
Home health agencies across the country are invited to participate in Fazzi’s National OASIS Testing Project. The National Testing Project is a major effort initiated by Fazzi to measure OASIS competence across the nation. Last year we had over 200 agencies participate, and the results were eye opening. This year’s test begins March 13th.
As a participating agency, you will receive:
- Detailed results for your agency as a whole and for each clinician.
- Results segmented by M-items that impact quality, reimbursement, Star Ratings, Value-Based Purchasing measures and by major OASIS segment.
- Benchmark data comparing your agency to national results and to your own so tate results.
- Free participation in a national webinar to review the results and provide insights and best practice training tips.
- Free 30-minute consultation call to review your scores and provide recommendations for improvement.
The cost to participate is only $30 per tester.
Plus Two Exciting Additions – New This Year!
We all know how important OASIS is. Because the accuracy of OASIS assessments directly impacts patient outcomes, Star ratings, reimbursement, and Value-Based Purchasing measures, achieving OASIS Excellence is critical to the very viability and success of your agency. Continue reading “Second Annual National OASIS Testing Project – This Year with Two Exciting Additions!”
The Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation (CoP) for Home Health have just been revised for the first time in any significant way in almost twenty years! And- they are effective on July 13, 2017.
The new CoPs include notable changes to standards related to care planning, patient rights, quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) and infection control.
Join Gina Mazza, Fazzi’s industry expert in Regulatory and Compliance activities for a focused overview of the key changes you should know as well as our recommendations and additional resources.
Continue reading “New CoPs Finalized”
As the trend toward outsourced coding continues to spiral upward, an important consideration is the need to keep Personal Health Information (PHI) secure and to mitigate broad cyber security risks. Join Melanie Duerr, Partner, and Jami Albro-Fisher, Chief Information Officer, as they explain cyber security issues and risks and how to mitigate them in the coding process.
According to the Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data, conducted by the Ponemon Institute in 2016, nearly 90% of healthcare organizations have suffered a data breach in the past two years and “criminal attacks from the outside and negligence from the inside continue to put patient data in the crossfire.”
Learn the issues and the risks and how to mitigate them in your agency, in particular as you consider the benefits of outsourced coding.
Using Fazzi’s Strategic Management Model for decision making, Mel and Jami will review 1) What’s the problem? 2) What does it mean for agencies? 3) What should you do about it?
Continue reading “PHI and Cyber Security in Outsourced Services”
Ready to read, digest and determine how your agency will comply with the final 374-page rule updating the Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare and Medicaid (CoP) for the first time in 20 years? By July 13th? Fazzi will help you get there!
Fazzi’s CoP Readiness Webinar Series that will take you beyond the basics of the rule and help you prepare you for the three most expanded components of the new CoPs:
- Care Planning and Coordination
- Patients Rights
Those registering for the full webinar series will also receive a complimentary white paper, “New CoPs? New Practice Imperatives!” which outlines our recommended updates to case management practices to align with the new conditions.
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