Home Health Line Breaking News
About two weeks after OASIS-D took effect, CMS has issued its quarterly Q&A update providing guidance on items new to the assessment, as well as items that were also present on OASIS-C2.
The next data submission deadline for HHCAHPS is 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 17. But note that CMS says that to ensure files can be accepted by the deadline, files must be submitted on or before Jan. 16.
The Hospice CAHPS survey participation exemption for size request form is now available for the 2019 calendar year.
Agencies can now use CASPER to download quality of patient care star rating preview reports for the April 2019 Home Health Compare refresh, according to CMS. 
Hospice CAHPS survey reports provider preview reports and hospice provider preview reports have been updated and are now available.
This year, CMS announced strategies to help Medicare Part D sponsors prevent and combat opioid overuse.
Hospices battling the ongoing nursing shortage have two additional years to use contract nurses due to “extraordinary circumstances,” CMS has announced.
CMS has published updated details on potentially avoidable events, process and outcome measures for 2019. The updated tables also include details on star-ratings measures and quality measures new to Home Health Compare in 2019.
Medical tech innovations are much in the news these days. While many of these seem like distant, pie-in-the-sky ideas, experts tell DecisionHealth you can expect see some widely used in health care over the next few years.
Z47.81 (Encounter for orthopedic aftercare following surgical amputation) was the least profitable primary diagnosis in home health through the first three quarters of 2018. The average reimbursement per episode was $3,031, while the average cost per episode was $2,907.


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