Avoid Payment Reductions by Participating in HHCAHPS Now!

The Medicare Learning Network recently published an article reminding all Medicare-certified home health agencies to participate in the Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) survey for patients served in April 2012 and after to be eligible for the full market basket payment increase for calendar year (CY) 2014.

Participation by all HHAs will enable people with Medicare and their families to benefit from the availability of HHCAHPS data about patients’ perspectives on care received from Medicare-certified HHAs nationwide.

For the CY 2014 annual payment update, your agency needs to start HHCAHPS in May 2012. This can be accomplished by providing a sample file of HHCAHPS-eligible patients who received services in your agency in April 2012. HHAs that fail to start HHCAHPS will have their CY 2014 payments reduced by 2 percent.

If your agency is not currently participating in HHCAHPS, HCAF members are eligible to receive discounted services from three CAHPS vendors who are HCAF Affinity Partners! Click here for more details.

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