In reviewing many home health denials, medical reviewers often identify patterns that highlight areas of focus. One of these patterns relates to therapy requirements. Agencies must have orders for therapy and show therapy service is skilled, reasonable, and necessary. In addition, the requirement for a 30-day therapy reassessment must occur. And it is this requirement... Continue Reading →
Home care agencies who have received additional development requests (ADRs) are experiencing an ever-increasing ALJ backlog. The following is the final part of a 3-part series on the current state of ADRs and the ALJ backlog.
Home care agencies who have received additional development requests (ADRs) are experiencing an ever-increasing ALJ backlog. The following is part 2 of a 3-part series on the current state of ADRs and the ALJ backlog. Find Part One here. As we mentioned last week, a federal judge ruled that OMHA must seek to reduce the ALJ backlog... Continue Reading →
CMS has posted a Plan of Care (POC) Regulation Change. With all the pending changes coming to home health for 2020 with Patient Driven Grouper Model (PDGM) and pending Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), it may be easy to overlook one earlier change affecting home health reviews and denials that just went into effect. Finalized in... Continue Reading →
Yet Another Update to TPE (Targeted Probe and Educate) THIS JUST IN! (This post updates a blog written and published on 11/8/18) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS Administrators has just posted its first update to Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) activity in nearly a year, and immediately updated it. Four more areas to receive additional... Continue Reading →
THIS JUST IN - TPE UPDATE! Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS Administrators has just posted its first update to Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) activity in nearly a year. Four more areas will receive further scrutiny. These TPE updates are in addition to Home Health Eligibility & Medical Necessary and Length of Stay (LOS) with... Continue Reading →
Effective QAPI can be useful to improve your agency outcomes and finances, but essential to QAPI is a focus on PIPs (Performance Improvement Projects).
... and CASPER Reports Could Be Coming Your Way. On July 9, 2018, CMS began loading into the hospice folders letters of non-compliance for agencies who failed to meet the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements. As I am sure you know, non-compliance affects your FY19 Annual Payment Update (APU). If you haven't already checked... Continue Reading →
We can now confirm to home health agencies: the RAC is back. More than a year after being given the okay to restart medical review activities, the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) for home health has posted the first Work Issue. During the hiatus of reviews, CMS updated and "improved" the RAC's process for reviews and follow-up.... Continue Reading →