Posts Tagged ‘Home Health Compare’

Fazzi Associates: New National Average Case Mix Weight

August 1, 2013

Question: We saw the Minute in the Morning email with a preliminary case mix weight of 1.3517, up from 1.27.  Can you tell me more about it and what that means for my agency? (more…)

Affinity Program Spotlight: Building Home Health Referrals Using Patient Satisfaction

July 8, 2013

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The days of passively expecting a reliable flow of new patients from referring physicians and discharge planners is long over. Home health agencies need to proactively incorporate quantified results that promote their unique position in the care continuum. Successful agency leaders align their agency to continuously deliver care that will be perceived in a positive manner by patients, driving word of mouth recommendations. Increasing both the quantity and quality of patient referrals using high patient satisfaction scores is an effective strategy for growth. Using the results from the Home Health CAHPS® survey, particularly the overall recommendation measure, will identify opportunities for care improvement helping agency leaders focus resources more effectively. (more…)

CMS Open Door Forum Addresses Home Health CAHPS

January 11, 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed to discontinue the HHABN (CMS-R-296) and require home health agencies to use the Advance Beneficiary Notice to notify beneficiaries of Medicare non-coverage (Form CMS-R-131). In addition, a new Home Health Change of Care Notice (HHCCN) has been created to notify beneficiaries of changes of care (Form CMS-10280), which is now accomplished through Option box 2 and 3 of the HHABN. CMS is seeking public comments on these proposals. (more…)

Special Notice About How the Hospitalization Rate is Determined

December 13, 2012

There will be a significant change next quarter in the way the home health hospitalization rate is calculated for reporting on Home Health Compare (HHC). Effective with the January 2013 HHC data update, the hospitalization rate will be calculated using Medicare claims instead of using OASIS data.

Here are key changes regarding the claims-based measure: (more…)

CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum

December 3, 2012

Session Updated Information on 2013 HHPPS Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services held its latest Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Prosthetics, and Orthotics Open Door Forum on Nov. 28, that updated information on the 2013 home health prospective payment (HHPPS) final rule, Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS), home health and hospice quality measure reporting, and hospice claims processing issues.

HHPPS Final Rule (more…)

CMS News: Consumers Can Now Compare Results from HHAs’ Patient Surveys

April 19, 2012

CMS to publicly report on consumer experiences with Medicare-certified home health agencies

Results from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) national survey that asks patients about their experiences with Medicare-certified home health agencies are now available on the agency’s Quality Care Finder website. (more…)

HHCAHPS Home Health Compare and Preview Reports

April 5, 2012

By Gina Mazza, RN, BSN, Fazzi Associates

This month, CMS will include HHCAHPS results on Home Health Compare for the first time. This is expected to be released on or around April 19, 2012. Prior to that release, agencies will also have the opportunity to access their initial results in a Preview Report made available on April 11, 2012 on the Home Health CAHPS website. (more…)

HHCAHPS Update for Medicare Providers

March 7, 2012

CMS announced during its February Home Health Open Door Forum that providers who have not registered for and begun participation in the Home Health Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) must begin doing so by April 2012 in order to receive a full market basket update in 2014. Information about HHCAHP can be found here. (more…)

CMS Updates Home Health Compare Website

January 27, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the Home Health Compare website, which shows a 1-percentage point improvement on the ambulation, transferring and medication management outcomes. It also shows a 1-percentage point deterioration on the dyspnea outcome. (more…)