The removal of the companionship exemption has driven changes in the home care industry.
by: CMS
The 2019 proposed national per-visit amounts for low-utilization payment adjustment (LUPA) episodes are slightly higher for all disciplines than the 2018 rates.
by: HHL’s 2018 Home Health Clinician Productivity Survey
The data below show the average number of home health visits per day performed by discipline. The data below are based on 144 responses to HHL’s 2018 Home Health Clinician Productivity Survey. Visits are not weighted.
by: HHL’s 2018 Home Health Clinician Productivity Survey
As OASIS-D looms, many agencies are planning ahead on how to get staff up to speed. More than 22% of agencies say they will spend over eight hours training for OASIS-D in the coming months, according to the 139 respondents to a question on HHL’s 2018 Home Health Clinician Productivity Survey.
by: ABILITY Network
Agencies’ use of maintenance therapy from physical therapists decreased in 2017 compared to 2016, according to data from Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network, Inc. Agencies used the maintenance therapy G code for PT during 0.72% of standard PPS home health episodes in 2017 — after using it during 0.94% of episodes in 2016. 
by: Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network
The chart below shows the percentages of patients affected by risk factors listed on M1036 (Risk factors) including heavy smoking, obesity and alcohol and drug dependencies.
by: Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP), Santa Barbara, Calif.
Among the codes deemed to be questionable encounters according to the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) proposed — and not finalized — in the 2018 PPS rule, muscle weakness (generalized) was the most commonly used in 2017.
by: CMS
Among the seven Hospice Item Set (HIS) measures posted on Hospice Compare, providers improved the most on “Hospice and palliative care pain assessment” during the May 2018 refresh.
by: Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network
About 19.3% of patients with a primary diagnosis of pneumonia were rehospitalized within 30 days of hospital discharge in 2017, according to an analysis by Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network. That’s an improvement of 0.6% from 2014.
by: Home Care Pulse, Rexburg, Idaho
The median turnover rate in 2017 was 66.7% — the highest in the nine years that Home Care Pulse has released its annual benchmarking study.


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