by: CMS
Therapy-focused agencies will take a big hit under the proposed Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), according to the 2019 proposed PPS rule for home health. That’s because PDGM eliminates the “financial incentive to overprovide therapy in order to receive a higher payment,” CMS says.
by: Home Care Pulse, Rexburg, Idaho
Telephony timekeeping systems are the most commonly used technology among providers.
by: CMS
Through Aug. 24, 2018, the most common condition-level deficiency in 2018 was G0570 (Care planning, coordination, quality of care). It was cited 43 times.
by: Financial Monitor, Hamden, Conn.
The direct cost per visit for skilled nursing increased to $103 per visit in 2017, compared with $94 per visit in 2016, according to the Financial Monitor, a benchmarking service of Simione Healthcare Consultants, Hamden, Conn. Other disciplines also were costlier for agencies, including social workers ($185 compared with $158).
The data below show the national median figures for home health agencies’ indirect costs as a percentage of revenue.
by: CMS’ Home Health Compare
In the July 2018 refresh of Home Health Compare, 12.9% of home health patients needed urgent, unplanned care in the hospital emergency room without being admitted.
Agencies have continued to improve in nearly every Home Health Compare measure included within value-based purchasing, according to data released July 25.
by: Strategic Healthcare Programs
The five questions below remain the lowest scoring questions on the HHCAHPS survey, according to data from Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) in Santa Barbara, Calif. 
by: CMS
G0572 (Plan of care) has been the most common standard-level deficiency as of July 24, according to CMS data. But among the top 23 standard-level deficiencies in home health thus far in 2018, 17 involve issues with agencies’ emergency preparedness. 
The removal of the companionship exemption has driven changes in the home care industry.


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