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Anticipate your patient’s needs to see improvement on the new publicly reported preventable hospitalizations measure on Care Compare. 
As referral rejections reach a new high, it’s important to continue to track referrals, response time, acceptance and denial rates and handle any rejections gently to avoid losing future business. 
Your next great hire probably isn’t even looking for a job. That’s why it’s important to share your next opening on social media to attract applicants who may be ready for more hours or a better opportunity, and just haven’t realized it yet. 
Agencies may have received a reprieve from the full 5.78% payment cut expected in the 2024 final home health rule, but the fight continues for changes to the formula or a delay in cuts until more data are available on the impact of PDGM on agency behavior. 
CMS reiterated it expects to claw back more than $3.4 billion in the next few years to account for what it sees as overpayments from 2020 through 2022.
CMS has stated that “the full permanent adjustment may be burdensome for some providers.” But officials believe applying the full adjustment could potentially reduce any future permanent adjustments.
The next interim performance report, available in late October, will be the first time that agencies get a picture of where they are standing on claims-based and HHCAHPS-based measures
As new codes are introduced for Parkinson’s disease, the diagnosis reaches the top five most commonly assigned primary diagnoses for the first half of 2023.
Agencies not only struggle to get positive HHCAHPS results, but some agencies struggle to get enough survey responses in the first place.
A new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that 55% of Medicare home health claims reviewed included hospitalizations for falls with major injury that were not reported on patient assessments as required.


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