PDGM Impact on Your Agency: A Simplified Tool

Admission Source and Timing + Clinical Group + Functional Level + Comorbidity = HHRGLast month we encouraged you to access the information that CMS has provided to learn the potential impact of the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) on your agency.

Today, we’re pleased to introduce our simplified “look-up” of CMS’ Agency-Level Impacts, Estimated for CY 2019 information. You can search for agencies by CCN or by State and City. As a reminder, CMS created these estimates using 2019 payment rates when they were expecting the original “HHGM” model to go into effect in 2019 (using 2017 data). So, while not an actual projection for 2020, it is still a good way to get a rough estimate of what the impact could be.

We will continue to keep you up to date about this important change for our industry.

Access the PDGM Potential Impact Look Up Tool Here

Complimentary Webinar: FY2019 Hospice Final Rule

Understanding the Rule and the Reasons Behind it

Presenter Catherine Dehlin explains the key components of the rule along with the data and reasons behind CMS’ thinking. Get the details and data on:

  • Hospice Wage Index Updates
  • Payment Rates
  • Cap Amounts
  • Physician Assistants
  • Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  • HEART
  • Non-Hospice Covered Services – Part D Meds
  • Portfolio Findings

Hospice providers are facing significant regulatory changes. Leaders need to understand the changes and the reasons behind them in order to successfully steer their organizations.
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Hospice Compare Updated

CMS posted the quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data on August 16, 2018. All quality measures showed improvement since last quarter posting! Pain assessment showed the most improvement, from 81.5% to 83.4%, followed by pain screening.

Updates to the family caregivers’ survey results showed seven measures remained the same. However, Emotional and spiritual support improved by 1%.

Quality measure results are from data collected 4th quarter 2016 through 3rd quarter 2017, and Hospice CAHPS® survey results reported 4th quarter 2015 through 3rd quarter 2017.

View State Level Hospice Compare Charts

Home Health Compare Quality Charts Updated

The Home Health Compare results were updated on July 25, 2018.

For the Quality of Patient Care measures, 12 measures improved, 1 worsened, and 1 remained the same. As with last quarter, improvement in bed transfer saw the most improvement of 1.3%. Improvement in management of oral medications improved by 1.2%. Multifactor fall risk assessment conducted saw no change and Depression assessment conducted worsened by 0.1%. (Data Collection October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017).

Acute care hospitalizations improved this quarter, from 15.9% to 15.8%, while Urgent, unplanned care in the emergency room remained at 12.9%. (Data Collection October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017).

The national average for the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating remained at 3.5 stars. The percentage of agencies with 3 and 4.5 stars declined, and the percent of agencies with 2 and 5 stars increased.

HHCAHPS measures also updated and the national averages remain the same. The data collection period for these measures and the Star Ratings is January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.

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.

Webinar Recording: 2019 Hospice Rule

FY2019 Hospice Rule: Understanding the Rule and the Reasons Behind it

In case you missed our webinar, here is the recording from our Executive Update on the FY2019 Hospice Payment and Quality Reporting Rule.

  • Hospice Wage Index Updates
  • Payment Rates
  • Cap Amounts
  • Physician Assistants
  • Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  • HEART
  • Non-Hospice Covered Services
  • Part D Meds
  • OIG Work Plan

This webinar will also help inform providers who are planning to submit comments on the proposed rule. The comment deadline is June 26.

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OASIS-D: The Devil in the Detail

The next generation of OASIS, OASIS-D, will go into effect on January 1, 2019. The changes are significant and could adversely impact publicly reported outcomes, Star ratings, value-based purchasing measures and reimbursement.

Learn How Fazzi Can Help Your Agency Prepare for OASIS-D

Potential Impact on Risk Adjustment
Some of the items being removed are used to calculate risk adjustment currently. We assume that CMS will need to take a fresh look at how risk adjustment is applied since these M-Items will no longer be available to use when calculating outcomes. There’s no way to correlate improvements or declines using the new OASIS items since the questions have never been on the OASIS before and statistical significance cannot be calculated. If risk adjustment isn’t revised, all the remaining OASIS responses used to calculate risk adjustment might now exert a greater percent of impact on outcomes. Therefore accurate OASIS responses are critical to ensure accurate outcome numbers.

Because of the items being removed, a patient could show less of a risk adjusted improvement. Therefore agencies could see a decline in risk adjustment in these areas:

Publicly Reported Outcomes Where Risk Adjustment May Be Lost Star Ratings Where Risk Adjustment May Be Lost
  • Improvement in Pain (M1242)
  • Improvement in Status of Surgical Wounds (M1342)
  • Improvement in Dyspnea (M1400)
  • Improvement in Bathing (M1830)
  • Improvement in Bed Transfers (M1850)
  • Improvement in Ambulation (M1860)
  • Improvement in Oral Medication Management (M2020)
  • Improvement in Pain (M1242)
  • Improvement in Dyspnea (M1400)
  • Improvement in Bathing (M1830)
  • Improvement in Bed Transfers (M1850)
  • Improvement in Ambulation (M1860)

Areas of Potential Overlap, Duplication and Confusion
With the addition of the new GG functional items, there are several areas of potential overlap and duplication with existing M-Items. Because the items are similar but not the same, they are cause for confusion and therefore inaccuracy. For example:

Exsisting M-Items Similar but Not the Same as These New GG Items
  • Ability to dress upper body (M1810)
  • Ability to dress lower body (M1820)
  • Bathing (M1830)
  • Toileting hygiene (M1845)
  • Feeding or eating (M1870)
  • Self-care (GG0130)
  • Toliet transferring (M1840)
  • Transferring (M1850)
  • Ambulation (M1860)
  • Mobility (GG0170)
  • Grooming (M1800)
  • Oral Hygiene (GG0130)

Dependent to Independent Sequencing Differences
Another area for potential confusion is the different scales for scoring patients. For the M-Items, Independent is captured in response ‘0’ but for the GG-Items, Independent is at the other end of the scale as response ‘06’.

In Conclusion
OASIS-D cannot be taken lightly or ignored until December. Planning now will protect outcome scores, Star ratings, and reimbursement. If you’d like information on how Fazzi can help your agency with the transition to OASIS-D, please click below.

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Hospice Compare Updated

CMS has posted the quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data on May 16, 2018.

All quality measures showed improvement since last quarter posting! Pain assessment showed the most improvement, followed by pain screening.

Updates to the family caregivers’ survey results showed six measures remained the same. However, rating of this hospice and willing to recommend this hospice both improved by 1%. An improvement in these two global measures is an excellent, positive trend with these new caregiver survey results.

Quality measure results are from data collected 3rd quarter 2016 thru 2nd quarter 2017, and Hospice CAHPS® survey results reported 3rd quarter 2015 thru 2nd quarter 2017.

View State Level Hospice Compare Charts

435 Potential Code Changes for October 1

CMS just proposed 435 ICD-10-CM code changes to be effective October 1. Here’s the breakdown: 247 new, 139 revised and 49 invalid codes. You’ll find the proposed changes in tables 6A, 6C, and 6E by clicking here.

It seems relentless, right? Coding changes in October… OASIS D in January… and with HHGM payment reform looming for 2020, coding and OASIS accuracy will be even more important to ensure correct reimbursement.

The constant need to train employees — in the face of mounting payment pressures and staffing challenges – is one of the reasons that so many agencies are turning to Fazzi for Outsourced Coding and OASIS Review services.

If you’re not outsourcing yet – or you’re not completely satisfied with your current vendor, now is the time to learn more about Fazzi’s Outsourced Coding and OASIS Review services. Click the link below to learn more or contact us at info@fazzi.com or 800-379-0361.

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Market Saturation and Utilization

According to a national trend analysis by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the average number of home health providers per county decreased by 7.31%, while hospice providers per county increased by 12.84% (October 2014 to March 2017).

The analysis and other utilization metrics can be viewed at the updated Market Saturation and Utilization Tool. These interactive maps include results at the national, state, or county level. The most recent data period is April 2016 to March 2017.

Sixteen health service areas are available for comparison including home health and hospice. The following metrics are available for comparison:

  • Number of Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries
  • Number of Providers
  • Average Number of Users per Provider
  • Percentage of Users out of FFS Beneficiaries
  • Number of Users
  • Average Number of Providers per County
  • Total Payments

If you are interested in competitor data by agency or county level, click here to visit our web page on Business Intelligence or email info@fazzi.com.

Home Health Compare Quality Charts Updated

The Home Health Compare results were updated on April 11, 2018.

For the Quality of Patient Care measures, 12 measures improved and 2 remained the same. No measures worsened. As with last quarter, improvement in bed transfer saw the most improvement of 1.3%. Improvement in management of oral medications and improvement in dyspnea both showed improvement of at least 1.0%. Multifactor fall risk assessment conducted and depression assessment conducted measures both saw no change. (Collection period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.)

While the acute care hospitalizations measure improved again this quarter, from 16.2% to 15.9%, urgent, unplanned care in the emergency room continued to worsen with an increase of 0.1%. (Collection period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.)

The national average for the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating remained at 3.5 stars. The percentage of agencies with 2.5 and 4 stars declined, and the percent of agencies with 4.5 and 5 stars increased.

Updates were also made for HHCAHPS measures and the national averages continue to remain the same. The data collection period for these measures and the Star Ratings is October 2016 to September 2017.

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.