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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MedPAC Calls for 7 Percent Home Health Rate Cut

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Last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held their annual December public meeting to discuss payment rate adequacy across the Medicare program. For the Home Health session commissioners received a presentation from MedPAC staff on the current state of the benefit. Following are notable data points and recommendations from 2022 data: Quality of care […]

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Home Health Leaders: MedPAC Home Health Margin Estimates are Dangerously Flawed, Risk Misleading Policymakers

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Washington, DC – The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (the Partnership) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today expressed serious concerns about the validity and reliability of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s) initial presentation on home health margins at its December public meeting. MedPAC’s flawed approach and misleading conclusions fail […]

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TODAY! Home Health and Home Care Regulatory Update

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NAHC President Bill Dombi and Director of Medicaid Advocacy Damon Terzaghi will discuss current issues in the Home Health and Medicaid HCBS industry. The webinar with Farragut Square Consulting will provide updates and information on: Interested parties can learn more and register at https://mwe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k6mhlsA8RxC75esbQ9d_-g#/registration.

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NAHC Releases White Paper on EVV and Home Health Services

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The requirement for State Medicaid agencies to implement EVV for Medicaid-funded home health services is in less than a month, with a January 1, 2024 deadline. Some states are already operational while others will not be able to implement on time. However, the majority of states will move forward with the requirements in January. This […]

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Webinar: The RIHC & NAHC Home Care Chartbook

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The Research Institute for Home Care (RIHC) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present the findings for the 2023 RIHC Home Care Chartbook. Highlighting the vital role home care plays in caring for an aging demographic, the Chartbook provides a look at the patients being served in home health, who they are […]

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Summary of CMS Open Door Forum for Home Health

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On November 29, 2923, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held the Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum. Below are key updates that provided for home health providers. Tomorrow, we will feature the summary for hospice providers. (GO HERE for the summary for hospice providers.) Calendar year 2024 Home Health Final […]

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Rapid Competency in Quality Improvement: A CMS-Sponsored Information Session for Home Health Agencies

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NAHC strongly recommends home health professionals consider attending a new the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) webinar to learn about a new generation of training modules, facilitated by CMS that will help facilitate proficiency among nurses and other allied health professionals in the quality improvement topics that are most relevant to your practice or […]

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Next CMS Open Door Forum is Nov 29

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The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2023, PM at 2:00 PM-3:00 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 Vontran, […]

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CMS Seeks Input on Training Modules for Home Health Staff

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Below is an invitation for home health agencies to share ideas on a very interesting project aimed at developing training modules for home health nurses and allied professionals. The project has been initiated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The following message is from the CMS contractor for the project. FYI: Copying […]

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