by: Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network
Under the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), many ICD-10 codes agencies frequently use as a primary diagnosis for patients will be deemed “questionable encounters.”
by: ABILITY Network
Home health agencies in value-based purchasing states earned scores 1% higher or more in six key measures included on Home Health Compare, according to an ABILITY Network analysis of data from April 2017. This includes a score 4.7% higher on flu vaccine received.
by: ABILITY Network
R26.89 (Other abnormalities of gait and mobility) was the most profitable ICD-10 code in 2016. That’s according to an analysis of assessments involving about 900,000 PPS episodes by Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network. The data represent more than 2,000 provider locations nationwide.
Six of the seven measures within the initial release of Hospice Compare earned scores of 93.3% or higher. However, a measure involving pain assessments only scored 77.7%.
by: Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network, Inc.
Rehospitalization rates for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery patients improved by 1.1% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to new data from Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network, Inc.
by: The Financial Monitor
Days sales outstanding (DSO) has been creeping up for commercial payers, likely in part due to tighter authorization requirements from commercial insurers, according to Simione Healthcare Consultants. The following data from The Financial Monitor, a Hamden, Conn.-based benchmarking service of Simione show how many days it took to collect payments in the first quarter of 2017 and 2016. The data represent more than 400 agencies.
by: Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network
Aftercare for joint replacements, muscle weakness and hypertension were the three most commonly assigned primary diagnosis codes in 2016, according to data from Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network.
by: Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The five questions below earned the lowest scores from April 2016 through March 2017 on the HHCAHPS survey, according to data from the Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) in Santa Barbara, Calif. 
by: HHS
The average processing time for appeals decided or dismissed in the second quarter of the 2017 fiscal year at the ALJ level is 1,057 days. That’s the processing time for all appeals, not just home health.
by: Strategic Healthcare Programs, Santa Barbara, Calif.
More than 36% of patients who have just one home health visit in the first seven days of care return to the hospital within 30 days, according to data from Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) of Santa Barbara, Calif. This stands in contrast to a rate of 15.5% and lower for those who have two or more visits in the first week of care. The data involve nearly 6.6 million episodes of care.


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