Effective QAPI – 3 Important Concepts to Keep in Mind

Implemented correctly, effective QAPI can be useful to improve your agency outcomes and finances. QIRT experts have outlined three major effective QAPI concepts that we recommend you remember above all.

Why Your P&P Manual Must be as Unique as Your Agency

With the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) going into effect January 13th, QIRT consultants have been receiving multiple calls from current and potential clients requesting that we provide them with a new policy and procedure manual that covers the new COPs. On the surface, this seems like an easy enough request - for a fee, QIRT... Continue Reading →

Proposed Conditions of Participation UPDATE!!!

CMS released the proposed rule on October 6, 2014 that would update the home health Conditions of Participation.  The Conditions of Participation have needed a major update since 1989 to help agencies focus on patient care and patient outcomes.  CMS states, "This proposed regulation focuses on assuring the protection and promotion of patient rights; enhances... Continue Reading →

What is Considered a Patient’s Place of Residence?

A patient's residence is wherever he or she makes his or her home.  This may be their own home, an apartment, a relative's home, a facility for the aging, or some other type of institution.  An institution can't be considered a patient's residence if the institution meets the requirements of §§1861(e)(1) or 1819(a)(1) of the Act.  This... Continue Reading →

CY 2015 Proposed Rule, how it could affect your agency, and why you NEED to make a comment to CMS…

Point changes, case-mix weight (CMW) changes, and OASIS submission implementation requirements could have a huge monetary impact on your agency.   There is potential to lose millions of dollars in revenue if the proposed rule is implemented as it has been issued. Case-mix weights are continuing on the rebasing train. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Continue Reading →

A new version of the OASIS assessment is on its way!

On March 18, 2013 during the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s March on Washington/Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference & Exposition in Washington, D.C., a representative from CMS announced that there will be some significant releases in the next several months-including a draft of OASIS-C1, guidance on how new survey sanctions will be... Continue Reading →

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