OASIS-D1 Field Guides now available

Access OASIS resources at your fingertips with Fazzi’s updated OASIS-D1 Field Guide to Data Collection.

Our Field Guide is the only guide in the industry that features the OASIS WALK® Toolkit – providing you access to research-based strategies and resources designed to support the completion of an accurate assessment.

Our Field Guide also includes:

  • OASIS-D1 Guidance Manual Chapter 3
  • CMS OASIS Quarterly Q+As
  • OASIS assessment reference sheets
  • Updated Conditions of Participation
  • Updated documents to support changes related to OASIS-D1

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Tip Sheet: Six strategies to make your billing process more efficient

The changes the home health industry has endured under PDGM have affected every part of your agency. After a month of focusing on changes to OASIS and documentation, it’s now time to spend time focusing on the back office.

One of the many sweeping changes put in place under PDGM was the move to 30-day payment periods. This change has major implications for nearly every part of your agency. Shorter cycles will likely have increased the number of claims that your billing department submits.

To keep up with the increased number of claims, your billing process must be efficient. Use this tip sheet to learn why your agency should focus on:

  • The process for orders management
  • Timely OASIS documentation and submission
  • Standardizing the process for correcting bill-edit errors

 

A new era of hospice care – what to watch for in 2020

As the population ages and the demand for hospice and palliative care grows, hospice agencies are faced with regulation changes as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aim to create a care continuum focused on value-based care.

With PDPM and PDGM already implemented in the connected spaces of long-term care and home health, hospice agencies should be sensing greater change on the horizon. Monitoring 2019 industry topics and trends predicted to impact hospice agencies in 2020 is the first step to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition.

In this detailed report, Catherine Dehlin, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHCM, COQS, Director of Hospice and Palliative Services for Fazzi Associates, breaks down some of the biggest trends that hospice agencies will face in 2020.

Download this free white paper to learn:

  • How pending federal legislation will impact agencies
  • Why new assessment tools will be used and how they will impact every facet of the industry
  • What factors are impacting the financial outlook of the hospice market

White Paper: A new era of hospice care – what to watch for in 2020

As the population ages and the demand for hospice and palliative care grows, hospice agencies are faced with regulation changes as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aim to create a care continuum focused on value-based care.

With PDPM and PDGM already implemented in the connected spaces of long-term care and home health, hospice agencies should be sensing greater change on the horizon. Monitoring 2019 industry topics and trends predicted to impact hospice agencies in 2020 is the first step to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition.

In this detailed report, Catherine Dehlin, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHCM, COQS, Director of Hospice and Palliative Services for Fazzi Associates, breaks down some of the biggest trends that hospice agencies will face in 2020.

Download this free white paper to learn:

  • How pending federal legislation will impact agencies
  • Why new assessment tools will be used and how they will impact every facet of the industry
  • What factors are impacting the financial outlook of the hospice market

The value of Fazzi’s BCHH-C course

Fazzi’s team of coding experts has developed a comprehensive, engaging, and convenient 8-week online program that will allow you to demonstrate your coding proficiency and become a Board Certified Home Health Coder (BCHH-C).

Tip Sheet: Key focus areas – 30 days to PDGM Implementation

PDGM is a major regulatory change that will impact every aspect of your agency. As each department prepares for inevitable changes, it’s important to ensure your agency is on track as whole. To do this, you must prioritize tasks.

With 30 days left until PDGM is implemented, it’s important to prioritize tasks that help create a sense of normalcy at your agency. Staff, no matter the department, need to start creating habits that make new policies and procedures second nature. Fazzi’s 30-day PDGM timeline can help you do just that.

Download the tip sheet to learn:
Why December 27th is an important date for you and your team

  • Why testing the claims process in your agency’s software is critical for success
  • How a decision team can help you track your agency’s PDGM progress

Hospice Payment Rebasing

For years the base-payment rate for the level of care provided by hospice agencies has remained unscathed by large-scale adjustments. After identifying misalignment through regulation changes, CMS realized something needed be done to help create payment accuracy.

To better align base-payment rates, the CMS 2020 hospice final rule includes a significant rebasing of hospice payment rates. In this free white paper, Catherine Dehlin, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHCM, COQS, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services at Fazzi Associates, explains the history of hospice rebasement and how the new alignments can impact your agency.

Download the free white paper to learn:

  • Why realignment of hospice repayment was needed
  • How repayments have changed
  • How your hospice agency will be affected
  • What your agency should do to lessen the financial impacts of these changes

White Paper: Hospice payment rebasing

For years the base-payment rate for the level of care provided by hospice agencies has remained unscathed by large-scale adjustments. After identifying misalignment through regulation changes, CMS realized something needed be done to help create payment accuracy.

To better align base-payment rates, the CMS 2020 hospice final rule includes a significant rebasing of hospice payment rates. In this free white paper, Catherine Dehlin, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHCM, COQS, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services at Fazzi Associates, explains the history of hospice rebasement and how the new alignments can impact your agency.

Download the free white paper to learn:

  • Why realignment of hospice repayment was needed
  • How repayments have changed
  • How your hospice agency will be affected
  • What your agency should do to lessen the financial impacts of these changes

Online Training: All About OASIS – Get Ready for 2020

Online Training: December 11, 1:00-2:00 PM EST

OASIS D-1, PDGM and updated OASIS Q&As with major GG item guidance revisions are converging. With so many changes it’s no wonder agencies struggle to stay up to date.

Fazzi audits and OASIS testing show us clinicians continue to struggle with the eight OASIS D-1 PDGM functional items. Under PDGM, making an error on just one response could be the difference between a low, medium, or high functional impairment and appropriate reimbursement. Auditors are ready to monitor OASIS responses, and supportive documentation for functional responses means payments are defensible.

Additionally, completing an Other Follow-Up OASIS has been a Conditions of Participation requirement for years, yet most clinicians surveyed report they have not completed an Other Follow-Up OASIS in the past six months. We’ll discuss the importance of this OASIS to maintain compliance and ensure proper payment in the second 30-day payment period.

Join us for the All About OASIS training on December 11th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST where we will cover everything your staff needs to know to be prepared for the transition to OASIS D-1 and have a successful start to PDGM.

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Understanding the 2020 PPS final rule

The 2020 PPS final rule was posted to the Federal Register confirming plans to implement the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) beginning January 1, 2020.

The good news is that CMS has cut back on plans to implement an 8.01% decrease in agencies’ payments. Instead, they are finalizing a 4.36% decrease based on assumed behavioral changes and have made some other small revisions. Most other updates, including the elimination of therapy thresholds as a factor of payment, the move from 60 day episodes to 30 day payment periods, and the factors determining case-mix and clinical groups will remain the same. Agencies can click here to review the final rule.

Join Fazzi for a free webinar session where we will:

  • Review key concepts as described in the final rule with Fazzi expert Gina Mazza, MBA, RN, BSN, Senior VP of Quality and Compliance, as she discusses finalized guidance regarding PDGM.
  • Provide participants with concrete strategies to prepare for PDGM and be ready for implementation on January 1st.
  • Hear from one agency as they discuss what their organization is doing now to prepare and services they are using to ensure they are PDGM ready on day 1.