From: NAHC, Regulatory Affairs
CMS has issued an urgent announcement regarding the HHPPS grouper and has asked NAHC to alert it members
Last week, CMS was notified by the maintainers of jhaven and ASAP that certain HIPPS the scores being generated within ASAP were incorrect. Their contractor, 3M analyzed the issue and discovered that certain changes were necessary to ensure proper scoring for XML users. Flat file users do not have to download the corrected grouper. Testing has been completed and a new grouper released on the CMS website. Providers that utilize an XML format must upload a new grouper. The file is posted on the CMS website at: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/HomeHealthPPS/CaseMixGrouperSoftware.html in the downloads section with today’s date. CMS apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this error.