A diabetes code was the most commonly coded primary diagnosis in both the wound and endocrine clinical groups, according to first quarter 2019 data from Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) (See story).
About 12% of the 85 respondents to a question HHL’s 2020 Trends Survey are expecting to receive a payment increase of 1% because of the value-based purchasing model.
More than 76% of agencies are planning to require intake ask more detailed questions in 2020 as a result of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), according to 135 respondents to HHL's 2020 Trends Survey. (See story, p. 1.) Note: Agencies were given 13 options and ask to select all that apply.
About 96% of agencies say the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will be the regulatory issue that causes the biggest impact on
agencies’ operations and financials in 2020, and about 26% of agencies say the Review Choice Demonstration will be the issue that causes the biggest impact. That’s according to the 135 respondents to HHL’s 2020 Trends Survey. (See story)
A total of 916 claims had a submission error because there were no corresponding OASIS assessments found, according to Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS. (See related story.) Submission errors can result in rejections or claims being returned to the provider.
The cost of home health aide services increased 4.55% in 2019, according to the 2019 Genworth Cost of Care study. The rise in cost is part of an ongoing trend in year-over-year increase for home care.
Muscle weakness (generalized) was the most commonly used primary diagnosis that would be considered invalid under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), according to 2018 data from Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Strategic Healthcare Programs.
M2001 (Drug regimen review) is among the most time-consuming items currently on the OASIS, surpassed only by GG0170 (Mobility), according to 122 respondents to a question on HHL’s 2019 Home Health Clinician Productivity Survey. 
For several years, the home health industry hasn't had any positive or negative changes in any of the five major HHCAHPS categories. 
The 2020 national per-visit amounts for low-utilization payment adjustment (LUPA) episodes are slightly higher for all disciplines than
the 2019 rates.


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