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
  • 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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OASIS D: What the Future Holds

CMS recently posted the new OASIS D instrument and a supporting statement. Changes to the assessment are extensive and will be effective January 1, 2019. Agencies need to begin thinking about their transition plan now in order to ensure success in the new year. View the webinar to learn more.

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Home Health and Hospice CAHPS Best Practices

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”

New CoPs Finalized

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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PHI and Cyber Security in Outsourced Services

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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Home Health Value-Based Purchasing: Rules, Risk, Reward & Recommendations

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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