CMS Launches Enhanced Oversight Initiative for New Home Health Agencies

With major regulatory volleys such as the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) on the table, keeping track of other industry-shaping issues can often feel like a losing battle. For some home health stakeholders, that may have meant missing a subtle yet important announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

CMS Proposes Rules to Improve Data Sharing Between Health Care Providers, Insurers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking further steps to cure lack of interoperability within the health care system, an issue that has long plagued the home health industry. On Monday, CMS released proposed rules that require many providers and insurers to adopt a secure, standard format for electronic patient data by […]

CMS Nixes Mandatory Cardiac Bundles, Changes CJR Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, and in the same move, also implemented changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. Specifically, CMS is reducing the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the CJR model, from […]

CMS Launches New Hospice Compare Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new tool meant to help patients and their families find hospice care that best suits their needs. Hospice Compare is a new website that displays metrics related to the quality of care that a hospice provider delivers to its patients. The site is part of the CMS […]

Medicare Hospice Payments to Increase by $180 Million in 2018

A final rule setting fiscal year 2018 payment rates for hospices has been determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In keeping with current law, the market basket percentage increase is 1% for hospices in FY 2018. That equates to a $180 million aggregate increase in their payments in FY 2018. The […]

CMS Releases Data on Hospice Quality, Home Health Use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published on Friday new updates to two different hospice data sets—one on the thoughts of consumers, the other on hospice quality measures. The first data set—the Hospice Item Set (HIS)—includes the national averages for quality measure scores of Medicare-certified hospice agencies calculated from the HIS for July 1, […]

Senate Bill Would Extend Independence at Home Demonstration

A pilot program that incentivizes the delivery of home-based health care for chronically ill patients may be extended if newly introduced legislation passes. The Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group introduced the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016 (S. 3504) on Dec. 6. The bipartisan legislation, among other […]

Editor’s Picks: $130 Million Medicare Cut, Brookdale’s ‘Corporate Raid’ Debacle

Happy November, Home Health Care News readers! It’s officially Home Care & Hospice Month, according to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), and with the presidential election only days away, caregiver issues are on the national conscience. Our most-read stories this week were about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) […]

VNAA to Challenge Pre-Claim, Medicare Cuts

A national, nonprofit organization that promotes, advances and supports mission-driven providers of community-based health care has revealed the specific home health and hospice legislation it will focus on and which causes it will seek to advance on Capitol Hill in the coming months. The Visiting Nurse Association of America (VNAA), based in Arlington, Virginia, outlined two […]

Independence at Home Saved Medicare $10 Million In Second Year

A pilot program that aims to expand in-home primary care for chronically ill patients continues to achieve care improvements and reduce Medicare costs. The Independence at Home demonstration saved Medicare more than $10 million this year. On average, there was $1,010 per beneficiary saved this year among 15 practices and 10,000 Medicare beneficiaries, according to […]