Home Health Line Breaking News
Newly posted data from Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS show agencies are still struggling with CMS’ targeted probe-and-educate (TPE) review.
With Hospice CAHPS data, scores decreased on the measure “Willing to recommend this hospice” dropped to 84% in May 2019 from 85% in February 2019.
Recent measles outbreaks in the United States are a grim reminder that infection control is crucial for home health agencies.
The Senate’s confirmation of Janet Dhillon to take a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) means the agency has a quorum—for now—but the five-member commission still has two vacancies, and the term of one of the current members expires on July 1.
A recent study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry of a continuing care senior housing community (CCSHC) found that the physical health of seniors correlated with their cognitive function and their mental health. Cognitive function was significantly associated with physical mobility, satisfaction with life, and wisdom, whereas physical health was associated with age, self-rated physical functioning, mental well-being, and resilience.
There was a slight uptick in the number of agencies that earned five stars in the quality of care star ratings, according to the May 17, 2019 refresh of Home Health Compare.
CMS is holding a special open door forum (ODF) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST May 14 to provide education about “a new initiative underway to develop a Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) Documentation Requirement Lookup Service prototype.”
While the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is slated to launch in Illinois on June 1, providers must make their choice selection by May 16.
CMS in its latest quarterly OASIS Q&As provided agencies with details about how to code a specific wound scenario.
Zahir Shah, 49, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was sentenced April 22 and ordered to pay full restitution — $8,229,790.28 — for the amount his home health agencies received from Medicare between 2007 and 2017, according to a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) release.


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