by: CMS
This table, taken from the 2020 PPS proposed rule, includes the proposed, estimated 30-day, budget-neutral amount for both with and without behavior assumptions. Amounts don’t include the calendar 2020 home health payment update.
Waiting on information from the doctor is one of the top barriers leading to delays in timely OASIS submission, according to the 345 respondents to a question on HHL’s PDGM Survey.
Hospice beneficiaries had an average length of stay of 96.6 days, though rates varied by diagnosis. For instance, beneficiaries with chronic kidney disease had an average length of stay of 43.9 days, while beneficiaries diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or Parkinson’s disease had an average length of stay of 167.4 days.
Z47.1 (Aftercare following joint replacement surgery) and I10 (Essential (primary) hypertension) are the two most common primary diagnoses in home health, according to an analysis of home health claims submitted to CMS in 2017.
by: NAHC
Among 487 respondents to a National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) survey question about therapy utilization under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model, about 25% plan to decrease therapy utilization by more than 10% and about 23% plan to decrease therapy utilization by more than 10%.
About 46% of coders spend 31 to 45 minutes to code a chart on average. That’s according to the 283 respondents to DecisionHealth’s 2019 Home Health Coders’ Productivity Survey. (See story, p. 1.)
by: Home Care Pulse, Rexburg, Idaho
The median turnover rate for caregivers in 2018 was 81.6%, according to Home Care Pulse of Rexburg, Idaho. Home Care Pulse’s 2019 Home Care Benchmarking Study includes responses from 688 providers representing more than 1,100 locations
by: CMS
Agencies continued to improve in several Home Health Compare measures included within value-based purchasing, according to data refreshed May 17.
Incomplete information in the record/having to call clinicians and/or physicians for clarification is coders’ top perceived barrier to coding productivity.
by: CMS
Plan of care issues have resulted in the most common citations during complaint surveys since the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) took effect Jan. 13, 2018.


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