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Satisfaction Survey Likely Addition to Quality Measures of the Future (News Article) - Oct 23rd, 2006
Over the last few months, CMS has been searching for the satisfaction survey methods that are commonly used in home health, with the possibility of requiring the addition of such data to home health quality measures - particularly those considered for inclusion in home health P4P. While a P4P...
Another PPS Therapy Audit Leads to Significant Overpayment (News Article) - Oct 23rd, 2006
The HHS Office of the Inspector General has reported on another PPS Therapy Audit - ordering that significant overpayment be recovered. In viewing this and other audits one realizes how vulnerable the therapy threshold is in effecting the outcome of such a survey, particularly when disallowance...
Update: VNAA Works to Gain Support for Representative Kelly Bill (News Article) - Oct 23rd, 2006
VNAA has started lining up support for Congresswoman Sue Kelly's (R-NY) bill that supports a full home health market basket update for providers on Capitol Hill. VNAA has worked diligently with Congresswoman Kelly's office, as well as national and state associations, to craft the legislation that...
MedPAC Discusses Promising Alternative to Current Wage Index (News Article) - Oct 16th, 2006
At the October MedPAC meeting, staff made a powerful case to replace the current wage index methodology with one based on county-specific and occupational-mix adjusted wages as reported by all employers to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The new method would eliminate differences between the wage...
Office of Inspector General (OIG) Targets Several HH and Hospice Areas (News Article) - Oct 2nd, 2006
The Health and Human Services OIG has released its 2007 Work Plan which lists several home health and hospice areas among the hundreds of target areas for audit activity. Medicare home health areas that will be audited:home health outlier payments( do they cluster geographically or by HHRG);...
Home Health and Hospice COPs Update (News Article) - Oct 2nd, 2006
CMS has indicated that their current schedule (subject to change) for publishing the Medicare Hospice Final Conditions of Participation is the fall of 2007 with a January 2008 effective date. The new Proposed Home Health Conditions of Participation are also scheduled to be published for public...
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