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CMS to Host Second ODF Call on Proposed Home Health 5-Star Rating System

January 30, 2015

Special Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time

Next week, CMS will be hosting an Open Door Forum call on their proposed 5 Star ranking system for home health providers. HCAF reported on this program in last week’s edition of eHighlights regarding concerns HCAF and other association and providers have about the proposed program.

HCAF strongly recommends providers join this call and learn more about this proposed rating system. It is certain that CMS must make changes in order for consumers to be able to accurately determine the true quality of an agency using these ratings. See below for information on the FREE call and make sure to join on February 5th!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service will host a second Special Open Door Forum (SODF) call to allow consumers, home health agencies (HHAs), and other interested parties to give additional input and feedback on the planned addition of star ratings to Medicare.gov’s Home Health Compare (HHC) web site.

The call follows up on their previous call on this topic and will include:

·       a summary of the comments received on the material presented at the earlier call and on other aspects of the methodology,

·       a presentation of their revised methodology, and

·       plans for next steps.

After the SODF presentation, the phones will be opened for comments and questions. A link to the materials for this SODF, including a slide deck, a summary of the revised proposed HHC star rating methodology, and an updated “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document will be available soon on the Home Health Quality Initiative Spotlight page here.

Comments about the star ratings system can be submitted by email after the call to the following address: HHC_Star_Ratings_Helpdesk@cms.hhs.gov

Special Open Door Forum Participation Instructions:

Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935

Conference ID #: 73412220.

After the call, transcript and audio recording of this SODF will be posted to the Special Open Door Forum website here.

OIG Study on Face-to-Face Recommendations to CMS: Standardized Form, Physician Education, Increased Oversight

April 10, 2014

The Office of Inspector General has published a study on the Medicare Home Health Face-to-Face (F2F) documentation requirement which highlights several solutions home care providers have suggested to improve compliance.

The study looked at 644 F2F encounter documents to analyze to what extent the documents confirmed encounters and contained the required elements as set out by CMS. The study sought to do three things:

  1. Determine the extent to which physicians who certified home health care documented the face-to-face encounters,
  2. Describe the nature of face-to-face documentation, and
  3.  Assess CMS’s oversight of the face-to-face requirement.

In addition, OIG interviewed the four Home Health and Hospice Medicare Administrative Contractors (HH MACs) to describe how they ensure that home health agencies met the face-to-face encounter requirements. The Office also reviewed guidance documents and policies from CMS or the HH MACs about monitoring the face-to-face requirement.

Read more in the Member’s Only section of HCAF’s website

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