The Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law last week included Home Health Payment Reform based on the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) that had previously been proposed by CMS.
The law calls for the new payment model to go into effect in 2020 and a Technical Expert Panel to consult with CMS for the rulemaking. With many details yet to be determined, it is expected that the key concepts of the previous HHGM proposal will be the foundation of this reform.
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Case management certification is not new to health care. The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) has certified nearly 60,000 case managers since 1992. BUT data from their 2014 Role & Function study of over 8,000 certified case managers shows that home health and hospice is not included:
- 28.8% health insurance
- 22.8% hospitals
- 11.6% workers comp
- 7.3% independent case management
The CHHCM and CHCM are the only Case Management credentials specifically and entirely designed for Home Health and Hospice. Learn all about the preparation course and the credentials, including the extra, value added benefits provided to those who achieve these credentials.
In this webinar session you will learn:
- Why are these credentials important?
- Why do the new CoPs and expanding Hospice Item Set make them even more important?
- What’s in the preparation course?
- What does the exam cover?
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Home Health and Hospice CAHPS are key measures of an agency’s success, yet national results have remained unchanged for many years. Wondering how to stand apart from your competitors on Home Health Compare and the soon to be released Hospice Compare to really improve your results?
Gina Mazza, Fazzi’s CAHPS Division leader and a panel of agency leaders discusses real examples and strategies that have worked for them giving practical and concrete actions that will help you become a best practice agency.
Another important ingredient for improving your scores is improving your return rate. Fazzi’s CAHPS return rate with our Mixed Mode (mail with phone interview) CAHPS service is 40% which is higher than the national average. If you’d like information about Fazzi’s Mixed Mode Home Health and Hospice CAHPS services, please contact us. Continue reading “Home Health and Hospice CAHPS Best Practices Webinar Recording:”
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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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.
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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?
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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.
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.
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Gina Mazza and Carla Braveman address the compliance changes and strategic issues heading our way, including:
- The two tiered payment model
- Current and future data requirements
- Public reporting
Using Fazzi’s Strategic Management Model for decision making, Gina and Carla will review 1) What’s the Problem? 2) What does it mean for agencies? 3) What should you do about it?
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There has been so much information out there about Value-Based Purchasing (VBP), but when it comes right down to it; do you know the latest rules, how the formula works and what it means for your agency?
This webinar will teach you:
- What the proposed VBP rule changes really mean.
- How to assess your risk or potential reward of up to 3% of Medicare payments in 2018.
- Best practice operational recommendations on decreasing your risk of payment reductions and increasing your chances of payment increases.
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CMS has just shared instructions on the next version of OASIS: OASIS-C2. Effective January 1, 2017, the revised OASIS will help home health agencies comply with new requirements of the IMPACT Act. The OASIS-C2 Guidance Manual includes guidance for the three new standardized items, revisions to look-back periods and formatting changes, as well as changes to response-specific instructions.
- New guidance on implementation
- New and revised OASIS-C2 items
- New guidance on interpretation of OASIS items
- Important next steps including best practice recommendations
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