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.

Webinar: 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.

Tip Sheet: Key focus areas – 45 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. To help prioritize tasks, it’s important to understand where you should focus your resources. Fazzi’s PDGM timeline can help you do just that.

Download the tip sheet to learn:

  • Why department specific team meetings will help your team prepare for PDGM
  • Why December 27th is a date that should be on your agency’s radar
  • What coding best practices should be in place for your agency’s success

Fazzi Announces 2019 Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction Recipients

We’re pleased to announce and acknowledge the home health and hospice agencies that have received Fazzi’s 2019 Patient and Family Satisfaction Award of Distinction. 

The HHCAHPS and Hospice CAHPS Top 25 award is presented annually to organizations that subscribe to Fazzi’s Patient and Family Satisfaction Services and have demonstrated superior performance in overall 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. They are proven leaders that have excelled in one of the most important measures of an agency’s quality program – patient and family satisfaction. We are incredibly proud of these agencies’ significant accomplishments and pleased to be their partner in one of the most important quality initiatives.

VIEW THE 2019 HHCAHPS RECIPIENTS

VIEW THE 2019 HOSPICE CAHPS RECIPIENTS

Contact us today to learn more about Fazzi’s Home Health and Hospice CAHPS services.

Home Health Compare Quality Charts Updated

The Home Health Compare results were updated on October 30, 2019.

For the Quality of Patient Care measures, 10 measures improved and 4 remained the same. Improvement in management of oral medications saw the most improvement of 0.9% and improvement in bed transfer improved by 0.8%. (Data Collection January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018).

Acute care hospitalizations and urgent, unplanned care in the emergency room both improved at 15.6% and 12.8%. (Data Collection January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018).

The national average for the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating remained the same at 3.5 stars.

HHCAHPS measures also updated and the national averages remain the same for all 5 measures. The data collection period for these measures and the Star Ratings is April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019.

To see where the 5 star agencies are located, visit our Home Health Compare page and use the drop down for Star Ratings at the agency level. You can also compare measures by state, by year, by release date, and the top 10 or top 20 percent.

Tip Sheet: Key focus areas: 60 days to PDGM implementation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2020 final rule on October 31, reinforcing the plan to implement the Patient-Driven Groupings Model on January 1, 2020. With PDGM just 60 days away and so much to do in so many departments, it can be hard to know what tasks should be prioritized over others.

To help prioritize tasks, it’s important to understand where you should focus your resources. Fazzi’s PDGM timeline can help you do just that. Download the tip sheet to learn:

  • Why you should focus on referral and intake workflows
  • Why developing a Significant Change in Condition Policy is important
  • What you should be doing to ensure your software is PDGM ready