OASIS Testing ProjectIt’s that time of year! 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 state 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. Read full article, Announcing our Second Annual National OASIS Testing Project – This Year with Two Exciting Additions!

Codntions of Participation Readiness Webinar SeriesReady 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:

  • QAPI
  • 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 Read full article, 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. Read full article, Compliance Newsletter – February 2017

As this year comes to a close we would like to acknowledge the home health and hospice agencies that have received Fazzi’s 2016 Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction. The HHCAHPS and Hospice CAHPS Top 25 award is presented annually to organizations that subscribe to Fazzi’s Patient Satisfaction Service and have demonstrated superior performance in overall patient and family satisfaction results.

These national best practice agencies are proven leaders and have placed in the top 25% of Fazzi’s patient and family satisfaction national database based on a comparative analysis of overall satisfaction. We are incredibly proud of these agencies’ significant accomplishments and pleased to be their partner in one of the most important quality initiatives.

To view the 2016 HHCAHPS recipients, click here. To view the 2016 Hospice CAHPS Top 25 recipients, click here. For more information about our HHCAHPS and Hospice CAHPS services contact us today, info@fazzi.com or 1-800-379-0361.

stopwatchHere is an important data point for you to consider as you assess the quality and productivity of your coding function…

In an abbreviated Coding/OASIS review of 23 M Items, the coder needs to answer 171 data points accurately. And to meet acceptable productivity standards, they must do so wi
thin 34-38 minutes.

How important are 171 data points in 23 M Items? Critically important — They impact your current reimbursement, published outcomes, future reimbursement, and future take backs.

This is just one of the reasons why so many agencies are choosing to outsource. According to the latest National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study, 29.4% of agencies larger than $500,000 in Medicare revenue are outsourcing their coding — a number that has more than tripled since 2014.

Coding is a specialized, time sensitive skill that can be difficult for individual agencies to maintain at a reasonable cost with high quality. That’s why there’s Fazzi coding services – we’re the largest coding company serving home health and hospice.

If you would like to discuss the potential of ROI outsourcing your coding to Fazzi, please contact us today. 2017 is almost here!

Webinar, Emergency Preparedness for Home Health Agencies: Final Rule

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
1.0 Contact Hour

Home health and hospice agencies have a new Condition of Participation. After three years of waiting, the final rule for Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, was finally posted in September.

The Emergency Preparedness Rule outlines the requirements for all providers and suppliers in regards to planning, preparing and training for emergency situations. The rule includes emergency plans, communication and accountability requirements as well as the training of staff. The rule goes into effect November 16, 2016. Home health and hospice providers must have an emergency plan in place when this rule takes effect and must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date (November 16, 2017).

The time to begin preparing is now! Join us for a 1-hour live webinar where we’ll review the new rule and discuss best practice strategies for implementing a solid Emergency Preparedness program in your agency.

Sign up today and receive a free Emergency Preparedness Checklist: A step by step guide for implementing a successful Emergency Preparedness program in your organization.

Purchase the Live Webinar Session

Purchase the Live Webinar Session & Recording

We are pleased to invite you to hear the results of the National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study in a free webinar to be held four times on November 9, 2016. The fourth biannual research project of its kind, the 2016 – 2017 National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study is by far the broadest and most comprehensive with in-depth telephone interviews conducted with more than 750 agency leaders across the country.

Select which time you would like to attend and register today:

Wed, Nov 9, 10AM – 11AM EST

Wed, Nov 9, 12PM – 11PM EST

Wed, Nov 9, 2PM – 3PM EST

Wed, Nov 9, 4PM – 5PM EST

The study includes everything from the present and future use of IT, telehealth technologies, EHR and OASIS scrubbers — to best practices in operational and clinical processes. It includes insights into what agencies are doing with Value-Based Purchasing, the growth of outsourcing, and it tells us what agencies report as their top needs. Additionally, it includes trend analysis from studies done in the past eight years. Better yet, the results show what practices and technologies are most related to higher profitability and higher quality.
With all that is going on in our field, we are extremely pleased to be able to provide you with this critical information. The goal of this study was to give agency leaders the best practice insights needed to improve operations and be more competitive.

Fazzi Healthcare Services Limerick Expansion Announcement


We were honored by the wonderful reception we received at the official launch of our new office in Limerick Ireland. The event was held at the Savoy Hotel on September 20, 2016. With speeches from Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, the Mayor of Limerick, and Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, and a very warm welcome by everyone involved including so many members of the media, it was a momentous event!

We want to thank the IDA and the city of Limerick for everything they’ve done to help us build our operations in Limerick!

Here is the official press release:

:  Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor today announced that US-based Fazzi Healthcare Services has established a new Irish based coding and healthcare services company in Limerick, creating 300 jobs over five years.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Medical coding, a regulated process is the transformation of healthcare diagnoses, treatments, procedures, outcomes and services into universal medical alphanumeric codes, known as ICD. It is the international standard used for health information purposes in primary, secondary, tertiary and public health settings. The process is defined by the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and overseen by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Read full article, Fazzi to establish a healthcare services and coding centre in Limerick, creating 300 jobs over the next five years

Click here to register for the webinar on Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 PM.

We are closely following an important development that could very well revolutionize the coding of diabetes and their manifestations!  We’ll be discussing the issue in depth in a complimentary webinar entitled “Decoding Diabetes Coding” on Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00 PM EDT.  Click here to register.

The Issue
At issue is the interpretation of the long-standing coding guidelines of the meaning of “with” in ICD-10-CM.  The interpretation is particularly significant for diabetes which has 53 opportunities to code subterm conditions listed under the main term of Diabetes.  The ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting states at Section I.A.15, “The word ‘with’ should be interpreted to mean ‘associated with’ or ‘due to’ when it appears in a code title, the Alphabetic Index, or an instructional note in the Tabular List.  The word ‘with’ in the Alphabetic Index is sequenced immediately following the main term, not in alphabetical order.”

Read full article, News about Coding Diabetes That Can Affect Reimbursement

Fazzi Associates is once again sponsoring the National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study and will begin sharing the results with industry groups in October of 2016.  This national study is the fourth of its kind and the largest in the history of home care and hospice.

These findings will be the most important thus far, due to the need for agencies to change in order to succeed in the new world of Value-Based Purchasing and the inevitable Pay-For-Performance model that will be mandated nationwide.  Everything about this study is designed to help agencies improve quality and lower costs, because we know the Invincible agencies will be those who embrace “who we were yesterday cannot be who we are tomorrow.”

A sampling of topics includes:

  • The impact of telehealth on costs, quality, referrals, unplanned hospitalizations, emergent care, and patient satisfaction.
  • Using multidisciplinary teams to improve quality and productivity.
  • Compensation strategies that increase retention.
  • What program areas are agencies expanding into?
  • What’s really happening with new healthcare reform models?
  • Plans for mergers, affiliations and partnerships.
  • How quickly is the industry moving to outsourcing?
  • What staffing models best impact quality, outcomes and cost.
  • What is the single biggest concern among industry leaders?

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