Quality Outcomes
The proposed 2019 PPS rule again outlines changes to value-based purchasing, further demonstrating to many industry experts that CMS is striving to perfect the process before rolling it out nationwide.
Changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program outlined in the 2019 proposed PPS rule would contribute to big savings for agencies if finalized, CMS contends.
It’s great if your agency’s performance improvement project (PIP) under QAPI is up and running. But it’s already time to consider what’s next.
Bolster education and training around several key OASIS topic areas during home health aide orientation. Doing so will improve your agency’s overall OASIS accuracy.
Leaders from several agencies that earned 5 stars in quality of care in April 2018 contend that educating patients on their own self-care — and frontloading visits — is crucial to preventing those with pneumonia from being rehospitalized.
Just 31 home health agencies have maintained a 5-star rating in quality of care during the 12 quarters the star ratings system has existed.
New guidance from CMS is now available to help agencies take full advantage of user-requested CASPER reports known as Home Health Review and Correct reports.
More agencies have achieved 5-star status than ever before, and scores for transferring saw the biggest jump among all measures listed on Home Health Compare, according to the website’s latest update.
Keep a dedicated calendar to track when CMS releases new raw quality data in CASPER and the deadlines for correcting any errors in that data. Doing so will help ensure you have plenty of time to make changes so the final quality measure calculations that are publicly reported on Home Health Compare accurately reflect your agency performance.
by: CMS
The chart below outlines dates for the collection and correction periods for Review and Correct Reports. Create a reminder in your calendar to review these reports during the dates in the last column below. These dates are broken down by the associated quarter


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