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CMS provided further guidance on answering N0415 (High-risk drug classes: use and indication), an item that has been raising a lot of questions for clinicians in the early days of OASIS-E.
CMS is encouraging agencies to conduct a strategic review of quality, performance and development and implement an action plan to address identified opportunities for improvement.
You may be aware of patient rights and the process for following up on complaints/grievances made against an agency, but are you aware that agency staff and clinicians have rights, as well? 
Two potential quality measures reached an important stage last month, though both ideas are getting pushback from industry leaders.
Millennials can be a particularly tricky audience to recruit. But it should be a priority in 2023 as this part of the workforce will play a major role in your future success. To attract these workers, get to know their needs and how to appeal to them.
While some of the changes were simply to fix typographical errors or add a missing word, experts say that a handful of the changes were significant — particularly in Section D: Mood regarding the use of a dash as a response.
As agencies look to accept Medicare Advantage patients, they are often tripped up by the authorization required, as it isn’t something that comes up with traditional Medicare. It requires additional resources and tracking in order to go through that process, and it presents another risk for claim denials if it’s not done correctly.
CMS already is working on incentives for home health providers addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). Analysts with the congressional Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) say SDoH could be included in future public reporting to encourage providers to focus on reducing health disparities.
Agencies can now access a Pre-Implementation Performance Report (PIPR) available on iQIES. CMS featured the new report, along with details about OASIS-E and new telehealth codes, in an open door forum call with home health and hospice providers Nov. 9.
The small increase in the average home health payment for a Medicare period in 2023 is not enough and could put additional strain on agencies dealing with inflation, staffing shortages and the implementation of OASIS-E.


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