Next CMS Open Door Forum is Thursday

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The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2024, PM at 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please log on at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS Co-Chair- Kelly […]

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HHCAHPS Update from CMS

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The agenda and slides for the self-paced 2024 Introduction to the Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) Survey training and the HHCAHPS Survey Vendor Update training are now posted. As previously reported, the trainings are open to home health agencies and are mandatory for survey vendors. As a reminder, all organizations must register to access the […]

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Summary of Home Health Updates in Recent CMS Open Door Forum

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held its most recent Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. Following are the home health items that were discussed. Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) CMS announced a new email address for providers to submit questions regarding the HHVBP model. […]

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MedPAC Recommends Home Health Payment Rate Cut, Hospice Update Freeze

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) unanimously voted Thursday, January 11, 2024, to recommend cutting the home health base payment rate by seven percent in CY2025 and freezing the hospice update to 2024 Medicare base payment rates for FY2025. MedPAC, which advises Congress on Medicare payment issues, previously released draft recommendations for these reductions in December 2023. If accepted […]

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CMS Releases Cost Report Public Use Files for Home Health

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new Cost Report PUF for Home Health, which includes data for 2020-2021. These products were developed using the Healthcare Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) and provide external and internal stakeholders with a curated set of variables in a user-friendly format (e.g., more descriptive variable names). […]

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CMS Releases TEP Report on the Expanded HHVBP Model and Revises FAQs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the summary report for the Expanded Home Health Value Based Purchasing, Technical Expert Panel meeting. The TEP included fourteen participants representing a diverse group of experts, including home health clinicians, patient advocates, caregivers, methodologists, and researchers.  The report summarizes four areas for which the participants […]

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Post-Acute Quality Reporting Program Updates

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On November 16, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a live Q&A session about the CMS Health Equity Confidential Feedback Reports for post-acute care (PAC) providers in the Home Health setting, which were released in October 2023. The PAC Health Equity Confidential Feedback Reports stratified the Discharge to Community and Medicare […]

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Home Health CAHPS Survey:  Upcoming Training

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding two training sessions related to the home health CAHPS survey.  Both are open to home health agencies, home health CAHPS survey vendors or those wishing to become vendors, and others interested. However, the second of the trainings, Home Health Care CAHPS Survey Vendor Update Training, […]

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Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program Update

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Please note: For the CY 2023 performance year, only active HHAs that were Medicare-certified prior to January 1, 2022, and have sufficient data for at least one quality measure, will receive an IPR. IPRs are only available to HHAs through iQIES. IPRs are not available to the public. The Final October 2023 IPRs are now […]

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